Foreign Aid

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Foreign Aid

Thank you for contacting me about overseas aid.

Together with an increased Defence budget and the UK's world class diplomatic service, our aid programme is helping to create a more prosperous and stable world in which the UK can stand tall and flourish. We have a moral responsibility to help. However I do not agree with the government’s commitment to spend 0.7% of GDP on aid. Aid must be sent where it is needed. In uncertain economic conditions we should concentrate our aid firstly in our own country and then overseas only in the most deprived areas. We should not send large amounts of aid just to hit the 0.7% target.

My ministerial colleagues have taken steps to make our aid spending more accountable and focused, by reforming the UK’s aid strategy, cutting wasteful programmes and making sure spending is firmly in the UK’s national interest. The Department for International Development (DFID) has said that a number of recent newspaper articles have reported claims that misrepresent or inaccurately portray projects supported by it, or focus on projects that are no longer funded.

Foreign Aid has helped reduce the threat to the UK from Ebola in West Africa, it is targeting the root causes of the migration crisis, and it is increasing economic prospects in fragile states to counter extremism and help build our future trading partners.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

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