Stuart Agnew: Prime Minister’s pride over £11.4 billion foreign aid spend is ‘sadly misplaced’
11th April 2014
The Government has announced that its aim of spending 0.7% of UK national income on foreign aid has been achieved, bringing its overall spend up to £11.4 billion in 2013, a dramatic increase of 30% on the previous year (£8.8 billion).
"Mr Cameron said: "I am proud of the fact that we have taken 0.7% of this year’s GDP and given it to the poorest countries in the world."[i]
Stuart Agnew, the UKIP MEP for the East of England, said: “The Prime Minister’s pride is sadly misplaced. "The question is why, during a time of austerity, has the UK spent £11.4 billion, 0.7% of national income on foreign aid? Despite its much greater wealth, the United States spent only 0.19%.
“My Party recognises that some countries do have problems, but the needs of the British people should come first. These billions could be spent on training or apprenticeships for our young people and on helping the vulnerable in our society. There is no need to send this huge amount of taxpayers' money to allegedly poor countries, some of whom maintain aircraft carriers and space programmes.
“Regrettably, foreign aid often ends up being the transfer of wealth from poor people in the UK to rich dictators in other countries. UKIP has a better solution, which is trade, not aid."