Today (20 February), the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) published a review into how well the Department for International Development spends money. Its findings were broadly positive, saying DFID is a “global champion” when it came to value for money, and it was helping to make UK aid spending go further.
There is continued coverage across broadcast and newspapers this morning of the allegations and investigation of sexual exploitation by Oxfam staff members in Haiti in 2011. Stories in The Times, The Today Programme, The Telegraph, Sky News, BBC, The Guardian, …
Today’s newspapers feature coverage of a number projects funded by the UK’s international development budget.
Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed the Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt as International Development Secretary. There is widespread coverage of Penny Mordaunt’s appointment in broadcast, print and digital media.
Today’s Daily Express front page refers to a “‘cover-up’ of how taxpayers’ money is spent”. This claim and other claims made in the article are incorrect and misleading.
The Daily Express has published an article today which claims that “billions of pounds is funnelled abroad with little accountability”. This is simply wrong.
DFID's response to today’s Daily Express front page story, which claims that the costs of health tourism should be met by the international development budget.
When we convert foreign currency into sterling it generates gains or losses, this is exactly the same for any organisation. Managing the impact of exchange rate changes is part of the normal responsibilities of government.
All government departments operate performance-related pay – this is a normal part of ensuring that civil servants are incentivised to perform well and deliver value for the taxpayer.