More than 20,000 people have signed a petition to abolish the 0.7% GDP foreign aid target.
The petition states:
“The Government currently spends 0.7% GDP on Foreign Aid. This means it will spend over £13bn of tax payers money on projects which could be better spent at home. By 2020 this figure will have risen to almost £16bn. We believe the Government should abolish the 0.7% GDP target for Foreign Aid.”
It’s about time the foreign aid budget was decreased dramatically.
We have vital services that need more funding in the UK – yet we send tens of billions in foreign aid each year. Unbelievable.
With Britain’s public services struggling, Jeremy Corbyn wants Foreign Aid budget INCREASED
At a time when public services in the United Kingdom are struggling financially, the leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn has called for our government to INCREASE Foreign Aid spending.
We are trying to understand this, especially when there have been so many stories in recent months about how taxpayers’ cash being used to fund ‘questionable’ projects all over the world.
As the old saying goes, charity begins at home. Unless of course you are Jezza.
According to a report in The Mail:
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Corbyn questioned an announcement in the Budget that the aid ministry will be told to tighten its belt for the first time in four years.
The foreign aid budget will be slashed by nearly £900m over two years as worsening economic growth forecasts mean the UK will be able to spend less cash to meet the controversial target.
Under David Cameron’s foreign aid law, the country must spend 0.7 per cent of national income on overseas development.
Mr Corbyn wrote: ‘As the OBR (Office for Budget Responsibility) revised growth figures down, the UK will now be spending £895 million less than expected on the intended objective of aid which is poverty reduction and tackling disease.
‘Are you confident that the Department for International Development (Dfid) has the resources it needs to deliver global development?’
Any leader of the United Kingdom needs to give the impression that above all else, he or she will put the needs of their own country at the top of the pile. This sort of talk doesn’t really give this impression!