60 tonnes of aid after Irma
MORE than 60 tonnes of UK aid has now reached the Caribbean to support the victims of Hurricane Irma. The British effort now involves more than
1,000 military personnel,
50 police officers and
30 aid workers. And a further 60 tonnes of supplies are en route to the British overseas territories in the Caribbean on board HMS Ocean.
The latest update from the Department for International Development came as an international body signalled it would resist UK pressure to change its rules so that the assistance can be classed as part of the aid budget. Downing Street has made clear Prime Minister Theresa May is “frustrated” with rules set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development which mean overseas development aid cash cannot be allocated to relatively highincome countries like Antigua, Anguilla, Turks and Caicos and the British Virgin Islands.