£30m a year to f ight crime abroad as UK police struggle
BRITISH taxpayers are spending £30million a year on fighting crime abroad while cash-strapped UK forces struggle.
The money, channelled through the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign Office, is enough to pay the wages of 1,100 beat officers.
One example The Mail on Sunday unearthed was a £1.5million scheme to empower women against sexual violence through football coaching in Kenya. It finished last year after DFID itself identified there was actually a risk of the women being exposed to abuse through participation. Other big ticket projects include the worldwide UK Action Against Corruption Programme which alone will spend £40million by 2020. Many beneficiaries have no obvious link to the UK, such as the £124,000 spent to ‘build the capacity of the Albanian judiciary’ or £75,000 to fight serious and organised crime in Panama.
Tory MP Peter Bone said: ‘This money would best be spent here, helping prevent violent crime rather than on dubious projects overseas. Only a fraction of that amount could be spent putting more police on the beat, catching criminals and deterring crime.
A Government spokesman said: ‘UK aid helps combat crimes such as human trafficking, corruption and drug smuggling. Tackling crime at source reduces the burden on UK law enforcement and strengthens our national security.’