David Cameron committed the UK to 0.7% (currently £14bn) of GNI (Gross National Income) to Overseas Aid. This is a purely artificial construct and much of this money goes to corrupt governments and is lost in fraud. The Department for International Development (DfID) spends and wastes money, purely to meet its artificial target.
• UKIP will scrap the target of 0.7% GNI for Overseas Aid and return £14 billion to HM Treasury to assist our own citizens in our own country. • UKIP supports government providing genuine disaster relief and humanitarian aid, as appropriate. UKIP would return to the old system in which DfID was a small directorate of the Foreign Office responsible for disaster relief on an ‘as and when’ basis. • UKIP supports existing systems whereby citizens can donate to foreign aid charities and receive tax relief.