Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Overseas Aid Budget: £9 Billion By 2010, But Lagging?

According to Alistair Darling's Budget Statement here, Overseas Aid will rise to £9 Billion by 2010. This is around 500% of the 1997 figure. We are of course chasing a fast moving target of 0.7% of Gross National Income. Lib Dem "International Affairs" mimicster Lynne Featherstone claims that the UK are lagging £1 Billion behind the point we are supposed to be at.

First, is Lynne right on the facts and figures? And has she missed some announcements between 2004 and 2007, trimming the sails of state.

Second, if she is right could she not at least acknowledge the huge absolute increase since 1997? And set UK achievement on this in an international context. Hat tip: Lib Dem Voice.

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