Britons condemn ‘farce’ of paying foreign aid to wealthy countries – ‘Stop the madness!'

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The UK Government spent a whopping £14.6 billion in foreign aid in 2018 and Express.co.uk readers have condemned MPs for sending such vast sums of taxpayers’ money abroad. In an exclusive poll carried out from 5pm December 31, 2019 to 9.30am January 1, 2020 Express.co.uk asked: “Should Britain continue to pay foreign aid to rich countries?” Just under 25,000 people (24,588) participated, with a landslide number of people responding “no”.

97 percent (23,722 people) responded “no”, with just three percent (689 people) in favour of sending aid to foreign countries.

Less than one percent (177 people) responded “don’t know”.

2018 saw Britain’s foreign aid budget rise by £493million, to an astonishing £14.6billion, according to official figures reported in the Daily Mail.

Between China and India, the two nations received a huge £151m of taxpayers’ money – an increase of 12 percent.

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Britons have hit out at the Government for sending billions of foreign aid to other countries (Image: Getty)

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A landslide number of people said Britain should not pay foreign aid to rich countries (Image: Apester)

Foreign aid sent to China rose by £11.7m to £55.6m, in India the number went up by £4.9m to £95m.

China boasts the second largest economy on the planet and is almost four times bigger than the UK economy.

Meanwhile India is one of the world’s most emerging economies.

The figures also revealed Pakistan was the biggest recipient of UK foreign aid in 2018, and received £331million, Ethiopia came second with £301million and Nigeria third with £297million.

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The UK Government spent a whopping £14.6 billion in foreign aid in 2018 (Image: Getty)

The UK has a legally-binding commitment to spend 0.7 percent of national output on overseas aid, such expenditure is governed by a strict international Overseas Development Aid definition.

But Express.co.uk readers were furious that such vast sums of money was sent to wealthy foreign countries, with many describing the policy as “madness”.

One person wrote: “We haven’t got the money, we are borrowing the money to send to others. Madness.”

A second said: “Stop this legally-binding commitment to spend 0.7 percent on Foreign Aid, it’s just Madness, help in disasters, and when people are in dire need, but this throwing money around where it’s not needed should be stopped, especially when that money is needed more at home.”

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£95million was sent to India in 2018 (Image: Getty)

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£55.6million was sent to China in 2018 (Image: Getty)

A third simply wrote: “Stop the madness.”

Others suggested the Government needed to prioritise spending the money in the UK, on issues such as homelessness.

One person said: “Charity begins at home, feed your own poor first, and get rid of soup kitchens and charity shops.”

Another person wrote: “These countries should be looking after their own underprivileged, there are enough in Great Britain that we should help first.”

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Top food imports to the UK by country (Image: Express)

One person was furious that the money was funded by the taxpayer and borrowing, they wrote: “It is a disgrace that Britain borrows this money for foreign aid, and then expects future generations to carry on paying the interest and pay back this debt.”

The Government has defended the move insisting the money is “crucial” for trade, climate change and human rights.

A Government spokesman said: “Our development work with China and India, alongside our world-class defence and diplomacy, is crucial for addressing issues such as trade, climate change and human rights.”


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