Wednesday 5 April 2017 / 4:52 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

The public want to see full transparency and accountability in how the aid budget is being spent – Osamor

Kate Osamor, Labour’s Shadow International
Development Secretary,
responding to the
publication of ODA statistics for 2016, said:

“Britain is rightly acclaimed around the world for
our commitment to poverty reduction and helping the world’s poorest. It is
vital that we uphold this reputation and that the attempts that are underway
within the Tory party to undermine the aid budget are opposed.

“The scale of the increase in aid being spent by
non-DfID government departments is concerning. Some of these departments,
including the Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence, have consistently
received “Poor” or “Very Poor” ratings in Publish What You Fund’s Aid
Transparency Index.

“The Government must explain what steps it is
taking to address this across all the departments now disbursing the aid
budget. The public rightly want to see full transparency and accountability in
how the aid budget is being spent, and the Government needs to up its
game.”