Papers, including The Guardian, The Express and Yorkshire Post, have today covered a TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) report on the future of foreign aid spending. The Department for International Development is already shifting how it spends aid to ensure our investment benefits us all, and is fully aligned with our wider national security and economic priorities, and in the national interest.
As the Prime Minister said in Cape Town last year, we are unashamed about the need to ensure our aid programme works for the UK, combating extreme poverty while supporting the UK’s national interest
The UK government has committed to spend 0.7% of our national income on aid. This commitment, enshrined in law, contributes to Britain’s reputation as a development superpower.
Penny Mordaunt has written about the aid budget, including her thoughts on starting a national conversation about how British savers and pension holders can invest in developing countries, and both earn a return and do good in the world
Our UK aid budget only goes up when the UK economy grows, a sign of our economic success.
Not a single penny of UK aid provided to ClientEarth is used for their core UK business, including the salaries of chief executives.
The Telegraph has now updated its copy to accurately reflect this point.
No UK aid has been used to fund the ‘Unity Statue’ in India
The International Development Secretary spoke at DFID's investment arm, CDC, about how the private sector can support international development globally
As the second largest bilateral donor to the humanitarian response in Syria since 2011, UK aid is at the forefront of the humanitarian response
Today (Sunday 16 Sept), the Mail on Sunday has published an article referencing DFID's work: "A very bitter pill for UK taxpayers to swallow: Britain funds £45 million family planning programme in Tanzania and still they won't tell us if £125m …