One in every eight pounds spent in handouts to poor countries around the world is funded by the British taxpayer, the latest figures by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have revealed.
While Britain had a major funding crisis in schools and hospitals the Government was still able to spend more than £13billion on foreign countries in 2016.
This was from a total worldwide aid budget of £100 billion.
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It is an outrage that UK taxpayers are forking out more than three times what any man or woman regard as fair
Ukip international aid spokeswoman Lisa Duffy
Ukip international aid spokeswoman Lisa Duffy pointed out that the UK’s share of world GDP is 3.5 per cent but it is paying 12.5 per cent of the world’s aid budget.
She said: “It is an outrage that UK taxpayers are forking out more than three times what any man or woman regard as fair.
“Britain is one of the most generous donors of voluntary aid around the world but that generosity is being abused by a spendthrift government.”
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Lisa Duffy pointed out that the UK pays 12.5 per cent of the world's aid budget
Only the USA and Germany have matched Britain in paying out the “minimum” level of 0.7 per cent of GDP on aid, the OECD has revealed.
And the report also showed that refugees are coming into European countries, including Britain, are accounting for millions of pound from the foreign aid budgets.
New international development secretary Priti Patel, who had previously called for her department to be abolished, has now become an advocate for foreign aid although she has started to reform how it is spent.
Priti Patel had become an advocate for foreign aid
Recent revelations showed that millions of pounds of “aid money” from Britain was being ploughed into luxury hotels, gyms and even an Ethiopian version of the Spice Girls.
The Government has fiercely defended its commitment to foreign aid – another legacy from the David Cameron era – and said it will ensure the money goes to where it is most needed.
Revealing the latest analysis, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría demanded that even more is spent on foreign aid.
Angel Gurría demanded that even more is spent on foreign aid
He said: “While governments should be commended for sustaining investment in development during these difficult times, it is unacceptable that – once again – aid to the poorest countries is in decline.
“Recent signals from some donor countries on future aid levels add further cause for concern.
“Major donor nations have committed to refocus their efforts on the least developed countries. It is now time to turn these commitments into action.
“Together, we must pay close attention to where the money is going and what is being included in foreign aid.”