Foreign aid target may need cutting, says Clare Short
BRITAIN needs a “serious debate” about the foreign aid spending target, a former international development secretary has said.
Clare Short, the first minister to be put in charge of the new department under Tony Blair, warned it may not be possible to keep the UK’S commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on aid.
Ms Short told Prospect magazine: “I am afraid that the department has lost capacity… Money is useful if it is well spent, not in itself.”
Jack Straw, Labour’s former foreign secretary, added that the department has become “sloppy” because it does not have to justify the money it receives from taxpayers.
“An awful lot of money goes to spend on jobs for middle-class whites,” he said.