Foreign aid must be changed as ‘bill soars to £15bn’

In addition, of the BBC World Service’s budget of £339million in 2017, more than £306million did not meet the criteria.

Combined, this spending came to £1.541billion in 2017/18, meaning total aid would be just under 0.8 per cent of GNI.

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson backed the report, adding: “I think that what Bob Seely is saying in his pamphlet is that we can make sure that that 0.7 percent, huge sum of money, was spent more in line with Britain’s political, commercial and diplomatic interests.”

He called for a review of the rules for development spending.

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