The Daily Express today published the results of a poll they conducted, which found 84% of UK taxpayers would support using the foreign aid budget to fund the NHS, adult services and social care.
Researchers at OnePoll asked 1,000 people: “Do you think you would be in support of Britain scrapping some of its overseas foreign aid commitments so that the money was instead diverted to the NHS, adult services and social care?”
This is a leading question. The government has been consistently been clear on this issue: We do not face a stark choice between spending on international development or British healthcare.
There are a number of polls, whose results contrast with those of the Express. One from 2016 by Eurobarometer found 89% of the UK public think it’s important to help people in developing countries.
This is the response which we gave to the Daily Express in response to their poll.
A government spokesperson said:
“We are spending more than ever before on the NHS and have increased funding in every year since 2010. We are also meeting our commitment to support the world’s poorest people as we tackle the root causes of global challenges that know no borders such as disease, mass migration and terrorism. This is firmly in our national interest as it makes the UK safer and promotes peace, prosperity and opportunity around the globe.”