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By Debbie le Quesne

Foreign aid – should charity begin at home?

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I’m not a great lover of the Daily Mail – but the newspaper did contact me the other day while gathering research on the state of the social care sector.

Perhaps I’ve made a new reporter friend, but time will tell. It’s a trust issue I have with the publication as so often the care sector has been pilloried by its editorial team.

There was, however, an interesting online report I read with the Daily Mail uncovering large-scale waste in the foreign aid budget.

Because of the Government’s pledge to spend 0.7 per cent of Britain’s income on aid, its overall budget is set to continue to rise inexorably.

The recent gloomy forecasts on care by the Institute for Public Policy Research in which a demand for a rethink on funding for care is central, has fostered calls for foreign aid to be curtailed and monies used to help tackle the care crisis at home.

Last year, then-chancellor George Osborne said the UK’s foreign aid budget would increase to £15.6billion by 2020. But the figure will rise significantly, hitting £19billion by 2030, if the economy continues to grow at the historic trend of 2 per cent a year, reports the Mail.

As you’d expect the call to divert some of the aid budget into social care has been backed by a number of MPs. So far, however, the Government says it keeping its 0.7 per cent manifesto pledge on foreign aid until at least 2020.

Interesting response, especially when the IPPR study predicts the ageing population will create a £9billion funding gap for the NHS – equal to about 5 per cent of its total forecast budget in 2030.

 

 

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Written by debbielq

February 28, 2017 at 9:16 am

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