Margot Parker SLAMS “Ridiculous” Foreign Aid Budget
Margot Parker MEP, UKIPs Deputy Leader, has slammed the latest foreign aid figures as “ridiculous”. She said:
Figures show the UK sent £13.4 billion abroad in 2016. That’s a mind-boggling figure.
Jacob Rees-Mogg has also joined the growing clamour to cut the foreign aid budget. Mr Rees-Mogg made the comments following the revelation that Pakistan, a country with its own nuclear weapons and space program tops the list of countries that benefit from Britain’s largess.
Last year Pakistan received £463 million in British aid – or £1.2 million per day. Syria was next on the list, receiving £352 million. Philip Hammond announced in the Budget that Britain will continue to spend 0.7% of GDP on foreign aid despite, as we reported yesterday, frontline services like the NHS being woefully short of cash.
Mr Rees-Mogg said:
We are living in an age of austerity and I think the foreign aid budget is too high.
You can sign the petition to demand an end to the 0.7% GDP Foreign Aid Budget here.