Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Give us openness on foreign aid as 30% "disappears"

Liberal Democrats have called for the government to give greater transparency and accountability for foreign aid after Priti Patel launched her Supplier Review. International Development spokesperson Shas Sheehan says that 30% of development aid “disappears in a black hole” while another huge tranche of public spending is not sufficiently scrutinised.

Shas Sheehan said:

“Liberal Democrats always welcome moves towards openness, transparency and accountability concerning public money.

“However, there are two glaring omissions from today’s supplier review announcement by Priti Patel.

“No mention is made of the 30% of development aid spent by other government departments. Most of this money seemingly disappears into a black hole, with nowhere near the level of scrutiny required by DFID.

“Secondly, £6bn of taxpayers’ money will be disbursed by the DFID’s economic investment body, CDC, by 2020, and yet this organisation is not subject to the same level of scrutiny of other DFID partners.

“Priti Patel must administer the same level of scrutiny on all departments and institutions which are spending UK aid.”

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