Today (October 30), Bob Seeley MP tabled a debate on ‘Integrated foreign policy after the UK leaves the EU’.
Gareth Wallace, Government Relations Manager for World Vision UK responded with a statement:
“The argument that DFID should be merged with the Foreign Office amounts to a backdoor attack on the aid budget. It would waste government time, squander taxpayers’ money and severely undermine life-saving UK aid.
Placing the aid budget under the FCO risks money being diverted to address UK foreign policy interests, at the expense of the world’s most vulnerable communities. Seeley’s suggestion that a significant chunk of the DFID budget be spent outside the internationally accepted rules for aid sets a dangerous precedent. DFID has a proven track record of delivering quality projects. The FCO, meanwhile, remains under close scrutiny by the International Development Select Committee over its transparency in aid spending.
Failing to uphold our promises to the world’s poorest is not the way to create a globally-engaged post-Brexit Britain.”