Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps: ‘Scrap the UK foreign aid department’

PUBLISHED: 10:38 30 January 2017 | UPDATED: 14:27 30 January 2017

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has criticised his old department.

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has criticised his old department.

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Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has called for the abolition of the government department that control the overseas aid budget.

Writing in The Sunday Times, Mr Shapps, who served as a minister in the Department for International Development (DfID) between May and November 2015, criticised the way it funds projects in Third World countries.

He stressed that he wants to maintain the Government’s commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on aid, which did “immense, immeasurable good”, and praised the department’s “brilliant, dedicated people”.

But he criticised the failure to insist aid was tied in with improvements in democracy and human rights.

He also argued that the department was biased in favour of large projects rather than more effective small programmes.

Mr Shapps concluded: “We need to rejoin the work of the DfID to that of the Foreign Office, either through joint ministers or by the departments coming together. Otherwise I fear that a broad and growing reaction against aid could leave the world’s poorest without the help they still badly need for Britain.”

Mr Shapps has asked the Welwyn Hatfield Times to refer readers to his full article , which can be read online at www.shapps.com/


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