Sunday, 23 September 2012

British still giving hundreds of millions of pounds in aid to wealthy countries

" Countries including China, Russia, Brazil, Iceland and Barbados are benefiting from funds intended to help the world’s poorest, despite a pledge for it to go only to the neediest. Among the schemes being paid for are a Turkish television channel, a scheme promoting tourism in Iceland’s national park, and a hotel training waiters in the tourist destination of Barbados. The situation was described by one MP as “farcical” last night. The Government is now under pressure to reform aid spending - and to axe a commitment to increase it at a time when every other area of government bar the NHS is due to be cut."
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Britain pays hundreds of millions of pounds in aid to some of the world's richest countries including China and Barbados in a move MPs say is 'farcical' Half the European 'development aid' budget goes to middle and higher-income nations Coalition pledged that money would be targeted only at the most needy (Daily Mail)

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