£3bn threat to over­seas aid

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BRI­TAIN is set to cut off up to £3bil­lion of aid to in­ter­na­tional agen­cies like the United Na­tions and World Bank un­less they can prove it is spent wisely.

In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment Sec­re­tary An­drew Mitchell has launched a re­view of the spend­ing, which made up £2.3bil­lion of its £5.5bil­lion bud­get last year, as part of the Govern­ment’s cuts.

More than 30 in­ter­na­tional and for­eign agen­cies will be sub­jected to the same tough tests fac­ing White­hall de­part­ments. Those that fail to get cash to the front­line or de­liver recog­nis­able ben­e­fits to the poor or needy will see their hand­outs slashed or axed.

The ‘Mul­ti­lat­eral Aid Re­view’ will be­gin im­me­di­ately. The coali­tion has agreed to ringfence the DfID bud­get, but Mr Mitchell said: ‘We have to make sure we get 100 pence of value for ev­ery pound we spend.’

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