DISGRACE: Batten Blasts Out Of Control Foreign Aid Spending
Yesterday, it was revealed that Britain’s foreign aid budget soared by £555million to almost £14billion last year. The sum has more than doubled from the £6.4billion spent in 2008 and more than quadrupled from the £3.3billion doled out in 2002.
However, there was an immediate backlash from senior Conservatives as the news came amid numerous pressures on the government purse. Council tax bills are rising by the biggest amount for 14 years this year, in part because of the social care crisis and ministers are facing calls to increase funding for health, defence, policing and other vital services.
Jacob Rees-Mogg said:
“Protecting the overseas aid budget continues to be a costly mistake when there are so many other pressing demands on the budget.”
Gerard Batten MEP, the interim leader of UKIP, branded the news a disgrace:
“It’s a disgrace that we are increasing our foreign aid spending when our social services and military are combatting cutbacks. How can it be right that we are sending more money to countries like India, which has its own space programme, or to dangerous regimes with atrocious human rights records like Iran?
UKIP calls for a radical reduction in the foreign aid budget so that more of British taxpayers’ money is spent on vital services here at home.”
It certainly is a disgrace!