International Development Secretary Priti Patel will overhaul the aid system to get a fair deal for UK tax payers
International Development Secretary Priti Patel says promises a major overhaul of the £12billion aid budget to make it finally ‘deliver for our national interests’.
In an article in Daily Mail, Priti says the Government will continue to send abroad cash worth 0.7 per cent of national income.
Her strategy includes: Pouring hundreds of millions of pounds into foreign hotspots to deter ‘mass migration’ to the UK and mainland Europe; Turning off the aid taps to the EU, which has been accused of squandering vast sums of British money; Using aid cash to boost UK trade and exports in the wake of Brexit.
“We need to face facts,” writes Priti. ‘Too much aid doesn’t find its way through to those who really need it. And too often, money is spent without a proper focus on results and outcomes that allow the poorest to stand on their own two feet. “It rightly infuriates taxpayers when money that is intended for the world’s poorest people is stolen or wasted on inappropriate projects. I am infuriated. My predecessors worked hard to make sure that British aid ends up where it should. But we can improve. I want to use our aid budget to directly address the great global challenges that affect the UK – like creating jobs in poorer countries so as to reduce the pressure for mass migration to Europe.”
In the article, the Brexit campaigner also vows to fulfill the promise of leaving EU.
“I want to use our aid budget to directly address the great global challenges that affect the UK – like creating jobs in poorer countries so as to reduce the pressure for mass migration to Europe,” she said in the article. “But I don’t see my new job as just about aid. I want to help build the UK’s trading partners of tomorrow. We must seize the opportunity of leaving the EU to expand free trade with those who need it most, to boost investment in the poorest countries, and to forge new alliances with the world’s emerging economies.
“And of course, I want to use our greater freedom from leaving the EU to deliver better value for UK taxpayers. We will honour the commitments that we have made on development in our manifesto. But let me be clear. A well-financed aid budget is a means to an end, not an end in itself. Its purpose is not to make us feel good about ourselves. “