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Through our support for Overseas Aid, Britain saves a life every two minutes and today an overwhelming majority of MPs voted to guarantee it in law. Spending just 70p out of every £100 in tax collected is changing the face of our planet - to the betterment of the world's poorest and yes, to us too.
World Polio Day gives us the opportunity to do just that. It shines a light on the magnificent effort by the international community to almost eradicate only the second human disease in history, and galvanises our movement to act to get rid of polio completely.
When I launched Live Below the Line in the UK in 2012 I didn't think doing the challenge was going to be difficult at all. I thought those who screwed up their faces when I proposed the challenge were simply lazy. I remember being a student - the Smart Price pies, Pot Noodles and spaghetti shapes. Living on so little for over three years, how hard could living on £1 a day for five days really be?
As the founder of FXB International, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to lifting people out of extreme poverty, and its FXBVillage programme, my mission was to provide a solution to the key drivers of extreme poverty through a holistic and self-sustaining approach.
Having walked in the way of temptation and failed to resist, a few hours later the ensuing guilt rears its ugly head. In the past this regret would simply result from my tendency to make impulsive purchases, despite an ever-dwindling bank balance. These days it is far worse.
We need to take the proof that aid works out to our communities, and we need to show our politicians and media the full story when it comes to aid and development. We need to argue that aid can work wonders - when it's spent well.
Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates has praised the UK for its "fantastic" commitment to fighting extreme poverty across the