Local MEP James Carver has welcomed the announcement that Parliament is to debate a petition calling for an end to spending a fixed amount on foreign aid.


The petition- “Stop spending a fixed 0.7 per cent slice of our national wealth on Foreign Aid” - is to be debated on June 13.


When petitions collect 100,000 names they become eligible for debate and this particular one has attracted more than 221,000 signatures.


“I am delighted that so many people took the time to sign this petition and that is to be debated as it is a subject millions of people in this country feel very strongly about.


“Brits are by their very nature generous and sympathetic to those in need but it is outrageous that Cameron had a minimum 0.7 % figure put on the statute book, particularly at such times of austerity.


“No-one is suggesting not providing foreign aid at all but it should be on a case-by-case basis for really deserving causes.  It is an open secret that billions of it is wasted in countries with corrupt rulers,” said Mr Carver, UKIP Euro-MP.


“We should be free to have trade deals with whoever we choose instead of our hands being tied by the EU. Countries such as Somaliland would love to have such a deal and that would help them far more than hand outs,” he added.

Petition: Stop spending a fixed 0.7 per cent slice of our national wealth on Foreign Aid

Despite spending cuts at home the Government is committed to hand over 0.7% of national income in overseas aid, regardless of need. The Mail on Sunday believes voters do not want this and instead, we should provide money only for truly deserving causes, o

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4 Comment(s)

3 years, 1 month ago.

Maureen Smith's reply...

Welcome news. At last.

3 years, 1 month ago.

Rachel Biggs's reply...

It would be good to have a debate on this subject, I believe the way foreign aid is setup it means we have a commitment to provide this money no matter the wealth of the receiving country, whilst I agree we must not stop providing this aid to those in need and those caught up in disastrous situations, we still need to keep in mind those in need at home, and continue to support those charities doing such great work.

3 years, 1 month ago.

Anne Waites's reply...

I don't want our government t to spend ANYTHING on foreign aid. We send billions to India and they have their own rich list and a billion pound space programme. So do China. Stop all aid until the UK is totally cared for, with no homeless. No out of work, disabled and elderly cared for properly. Let all foreign aid be a personal choice and out of the public's own nett income. I'm not bothered about sad photos of needy foreigners. It's just of no interest when we have people living on the streets!

3 years, 1 month ago.

dil's reply...

yes iv been paying my tax for the last 40 years --for what ---NOT TO BE GIVEN AWAY TO STUPID PROJECTS -----I am really pissed off to read the Daily Mail reports ---Closing schools /librarys --Roads in a mess and new laws to get MORE money into their system ---In voting OUT

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