Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has confirmed that there will be no cut to the foreign aid budget, which is set at 0.7% of the nation’s GDP. The Government had initially not confirmed that the pledge made in the 2015 Conservative manifesto. In a statement the Prime Minister said:
“I’m very proud of the record we have, of the children around the world who are being educated as a result of what the British taxpayer is doing in terms of international aid”.
The Department for International Development (DFID) spends a sum of around £13.5 billion on foreign aid projects around the world. The current Secretary of State for the department is Priti Patel, the Conservative MP for Witham. In a statement Patel said:
“When we invest in stability, jobs and livelihoods, and sound governance, we address the root causes of problems that affect us here in the UK. It is not in our national interest to simply sit on our hands and wait until these problems reach breaking point or find their way to our doorstep”.