UK foreign aid budget increases by £550m to £14bn

Britain’s foreign aid budget has rocketed to £14bn – that’s an increase of more than £550 million.

But while Britain sends bucket loads of cash abroad to help with things like launching the music career of the Ethiopian Spice Girls, the NHS and police remain chronically underfunded.

Jacob Rees-Mogg said: “Protecting the overseas aid budget continues to be a costly mistake when there are so many other pressing demands on the budget.

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At the end of the day, charity starts at home. Council tax seems to be constantly rising but Britain’s public services never seem to improve as the country’s population surges. How can the UK justify sending this much cash abroad instead of spending it on improvements here at home?