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.
The Daily Express has published an article today with a number of claims about the development budget, including that the UK’s commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of gross national income on development means money is rushed out of the door. The test of whether spending is good or not, is not when it is spent, but its quality. We are crystal clear that the spending we do is on good things.
The UK has secured important progress at the Development Assistance Committee meetings in Paris to change the international aid rules and ensure they remain relevant for the modern world.
The Daily Express has published an article today highlighting how the aid budget is spent across Government.
The Daily Express published an article today claiming that 10,000 people have signed their online petition for the government to reduce the foreign aid budget. The newspaper claims that this is proof that readers want the government to direct money …
The Observer reports today that Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, claims his country is being overlooked in the Hurricane Irma and Maria relief efforts because it has a higher income per capita than other Caribbean islands.
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.
The Daily Express front page story today (Tuesday 24 October 2017) led with claims that the UK should abandon its commitment to spend 0.7% of income on development and direct the money towards to the NHS and social care instead. …