PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 07:15, Fri, Sep 11, 2020
Rishi Sunak has come under pressure to scrap the multi-billion pound spend in the upcoming Budget as a way of helping the UK pay for the huge coronavirus bill and inject much-needed life into the country's struggling economy, which has slumped into recession with the loss of millions of jobs. Britain currently has a legal commitment to spend 0.7 percent of GDP on foreign projects and some of the world’s richest countries, including China and India, have benefited from taxpayers’ money. In July, it was revealed an eye-watering £71million of taxpayers’ money was sent to China in just one year, despite Beijing having the second-largest economy in the world and a world-renowned space programme.
The annual report from the Department for International Development (DfID) found the huge sum was sent via a combination of direct British aid and a share of funding the UK gives to the likes of the United Nations and EU, who then distribute it.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said £3billion would be cut from the aid budget next year, with the axe falling on countries such as China.
But he insisted the Government remains committed to the 0.7 percent spending target on foreign aid, adding this is a manifesto commitment that was written into law.
Ben Harris-Quinney, chairman of the Bow Group think tank, highlighted in the past decade under Conservative Governments, the UK's national debt has more than doubled - despite commitments to austerity measures.
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Rishi Sunak is coming under pressure to scrap the UK's huge foreign aid spending (Image: GETTY)
The Government are looking at ways to pay the massive coronavirus crisis bill (Image: PA)
He lashed out at the Government for piling taxes onto Britons for charitable causes during a pandemic and period of economic crisis, warning the 70 million population should be their priority.
Mr Harris-Quinney told Express.co.uk: "In the five years since the International Development Bill legislation the UK has sent more than £50 billion overseas in international aid.
"For perspective it would take £12.5 billion over the same period of time to eliminate the deficit in social care spending.
"Quite contrary to supposed austerity measures since the Conservatives took power in 2010 our national debt has more than doubled, and many services in the UK are unsatisfactory and failing.
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