Plans to bind future governments to an overseas aid spending target are set to become law following Peers today giving an unopposed third reading to the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill. The Bill would make it a legal requirement for 0.7% of UK income to be spent on international development.
In response, Nathan Gill MEP said: "This latest act by the UK's political class shows just how out of touch the metropolitan elite really are with the people they are supposed to represent. The idea that the UK, a country with one of the largest deficits in the Western world, can afford to give away a £billion a month, every month, is ludicrous. This government and the previous Labour government have mortgaged this country to the hilt and are busy thinking up ways to max out our nation's credit cards too.
"UKIP would support a policy that ensured the UK could continue to meet its long-term commitment to providing support for essential programmes, including clean water, sanitation and vaccination projects while ensuring the deficit is reduced. Our proposal to reduce the aid budget by approximately 75% is a sustainable and credible way of achieving these two aims."