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Scandal of £15M taxpayers’ cash WASTED in anti-smoking classes in CORRUPT countries

A FRESH foreign aid row erupted yesterday after it emerged that Britain was paying for anti-smoking classes in some of world’s most corrupt countries.

In a move branded “astonishing”, the Department of Health is giving £15million in taxpayers’ money to a host of regimes with appalling human rights records. Critics said taxpayers’ cash was being “handed out like confetti” at a time the NHS faced the worst funding crisis in its history.

The money will go to countries where political unrest is rife as part of the foreign aid budget.

Those set to receive the antismoking cash include Cambodia, Chad, Colombia, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Jordan, Madagascar, Myanmar [Burma], Nepal, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Cabo Verde, Sri Lanka and Zambia.

 

Britain spends £15M in foreign aid to help foreigners quit smoking

It is more foreign aid madness

Paul Nuttall, Ukip leader

It comes just weeks after it was revealed the NHS had suffered its worst winter on record.

The scheme sparked fury with Ukip leader Paul Nuttall saying: “Our NHS needs a huge injection of cash so patients are treated as soon as possible, but meanwhile here is our government giving millions to support smoking cessation in far flung corners of the world.

“It is more foreign aid madness. It is right the UK gives aid for disaster relief and humanitarian projects but it is nonsense we hand it like confetti.”

Peter Whittle SLAMS UK’s foreign aid spending

The money – which could the wages of 650 staff nurses for a year – is being passed to the World Health Organisation to combat tobacco use in developing countries.

It forms part of the UK’s Overseas Development Assistance and will be used to run anti-smoking campaigns.

The move has reignited debate over the scale and scope of Britain’s mammoth foreign aid commitment, which last year totalled £13.3billion.

John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance: “It is astonishing British taxpayers’ money continues to be spent in this way

“How can the WHO possibly see fit to lecture these people on the risks of smoking when many will have far greater concerns around issues such as their human rights?

“If the WHO is going to persist with such insensitive campaigns the UK Government must reconsider the vast amounts of taxpayers money it hands to these people.”

 

The foreign aid scheme sparked fury with Ukip leader Paul Nuttall

In documents seen by the Daily Express, the DoH said it was aware there would be a furore if news of the scheme slipped out.

A senior civil servant admitted the department was “getting a lot of pressure” from the WHO to stump up the cash, adding: “There may also be criticism we are using public money to fund improving public health in other countries when we could be doing more at home.”

Despite this the DoH claimed the project was “more than defensible” yet would not be “promoting the project proactively”.

At a time when we are struggling to cope with financial cutbacks in the NHS we need to know every penny being spent on healthcare in other countries is achieving what it is intended to.”

Figures published last month showed the NHS suffered its worst winter on record with nearly 200,000 patients waiting at least four hours in A&E.

Between December 2016 and February this year 195,764 patients waited at least four hours to be admitted to hospital, up from 40,791 in 2011.

It is the highest figure since records began. Emergency admissions in England rose from 1.3 million in winter 2011/12 to 1.44 million in 2016/17.

Figures showed the NHS suffered its worst winter on record

Extreme waiting times also reached record levels with almost 1,877 patients forced to wait at least 12 hours before being admitted.

Meanwhile, cancer referral rates were at their second lowest level with 79.8 per cent of patients seen within 62 days of an urgent GP referral, below the health service benchmark of 85 per cent.

The lowest recorded level was 79.9 per cent in January.

 Mrs May should abandon the 0.7% overseas aid and pump the money into the NHS/Social Care, it is an absolute disgrace!

I urge all readers to email their MP/PM before manifestos are published to ask for this to be reversed and the next Government to put British citizens first!

flyfisherman
2 hours ago
david dee
We’ll go on throwing OUR money away because it makes our pathetic politicians ‘look good’ on the world’s stage.  Priti Patel said she would sort it out – huh!
2 hours ago
david dee
PS: I expect the dirty handed Blair will sort it all out!
23 minutes ago
Trevor Ammanford
Priti Patel is much like Theresa May when she was Home Secretary. All gob and no action.

3 hours ago
Terry Drew
For the moment, May has refused the EU budget increase to the EU of 6 billion. A small step but it’s a start.
2 hours ago
david dee
She’ll give the corrupt EU the money when she thinks nobody is watching.

3 hours ago
Terry Drew
We really have to get a grip on everything that is going on, we are just throwing everyones hard earned money away.

We have food banks, people sleeping rough, pensioners die of cold as they cannot afford to heat their homes, our NHS needing money, our roads in disrepair etc..
This nonsense cannot go on any longer.
3 hours ago
Nex

We need the Government to start Governing us again.

We have passed too much over to the EU and our powers have been given scapegoats and easy rides for far too long.

There needs to be accountability and responsibility.

Even Business has absorbed this no blame culture with open arms.

It does no-one any good.

2 hours ago
SIR GILES BOTTOMLEY-BROWN
sadly it will continue.the u.k is soon to become a 3rd world country itself…who will give you aid then i wonder???…NO ONE…
2 hours ago
david dee
Maybe the Empress of Germany will come to our aid – make a change from throwing tanks and bombers at us!
3 hours ago
Out of the EUSSR
Foreign aid is a national disgrace. Our elderly poor starve and freeze to death in winter without proper help because they say the country cannot afford it and all the time the government tries to look pious and generous overseas by doling out millions to despotic governments that pocket the aid and sneer at our stupidity. I bumped into a load of Africans at a posh London hotel recently and was told they were government ministers and their wives on a “fact finding mission” – to Harrods! Just a small example of how our money is wasted.
3 hours ago
60plus
Perhaps if they put the price of cigarettes up to the same price as England people  could not afford them,just come back from Egypt they are so cheap everyone smokes,let them use their own money to stop it.
4 hours ago
bmeansb
We all know Foreign Aid pot is a slush fund for all the corrupt elitists……….some of whom will be employed by the distributor………..just STOP ALL PAYMENTS NOW……….see who complains at this end and ask them why
3 hours ago
Nex

Divide the unique count of patients per week by the NHS spend and ask ‘Why is it costing X Pounds per patient per week.

Your post is sensible and simple solutions that you and I can work out are available.

4 hours ago
Trevor Ammanford
There can only be one reason that the government is not stopping overseas aid and that is someone high up is getting rich from this “project” by means of syphoning off funds. Time for some real investigative journalism methinks.
4 hours ago
puzzled
Can someone please explain why we’re giving the World Health Organisation our hard earned money to  stop people smoking in other countries depriving our people of healthcare.  Is there something that we the people are not being told about as to the reasons WHY!  Why can’t these countries have a no smoking campaign themselves!  I JUST DON’T GET IT!!
4 hours ago
Katy
Was hearing that being defended last night on that BBC lefty radio 5 live They come out with such c—-  at times That Bishop as always talking his usual rot.  WE SHOULD NOT BE PAYING THIS THE TOBACCO COMPANY’S  that make the profits and cause the problems should be paying like the time it went to some dance tribe
4 hours ago
sheldon594
What a disgusting waste of money. It’s bad enough that money is still being wasted in this country on this. Plough the whole lot into our NHS where it will be of some use.
4 hours ago
Roy of Gloucs.
All of our political parties have roughly the same Overseas Aid policies, so advice to vote for candidate with a different policy is near impossible. However, if lots more took time to contact their MP it could influence thinking.
4 hours ago
Katy
At the same time all crowing about more into the NHS because its an easy target Every family needs it Aid should only be given for Food alone no gimmicks.People are needing care here and its quite ridiculous how taxpayers money is wasted NO BIGGER WASTER THAN LABOUR so they might up your pay but will then tax it BEWARE

4 hours ago
ADavie
Whitehall and Westminster is a swimming pool filled with money for the lads to pilfer under the joke called Foreign Aid. Millions to a pop group in Africa, while our kids use food banks and Old and ill go without.  Sign on office DOOR.  Foreign Aid Dept,DIB IN help yourself.  That is why so many battle to keep it alive.
2 hours ago
david dee
‘Swimming pool’ – cess pool more like.
4 hours ago
John Smith2
The lunatics are not only running the asylum now….they run everything else ! I cannot take much more of the lunacy that British government has become

5 hours ago
PetMac
And they give millions to our Home Charities – Like Kids Company !
5 hours ago
JustLeave
Simple. Don’t vote for a party that is prepared to give our money away.
4 hours ago
thrush
All the parties are P,,,ing in the same pot,suggest a solution other than the one you have given,
5 hours ago
SIR GILES BOTTOMLEY-BROWN
you poor tax paying saps truely are a world wide laughing stock…..tut tut….
6 hours ago
Vote Liebore and you get me, enjoy.
Let’s be fair here this has been ongoing for many a year Cameron highlighted it with his ridiculously high fixed yearly rate whilst many suffer here in many ways one being all the increases being brought in for less, a rough guide to what happens to all Aid monies works out a bit like this, for every thousand pounds given a portion goes first into the pocket of the organisers this end, expenses, wine and dining etc, also ‘on hand visits’  to recipient countries with friends, ask D, Abbott, she knows all about that part, then it goes to designated countries in different ways, i.e food merchandise, most arrives in the form of cash, so, the office of receivers remove a portion for doing their part, the head one of the country and a few underlings also remove a portion, for their expenses like new weapons and new Jets for their wives to go on European shopping expeditions and buy even more property, the final amount that reaches the poor and hungry ones comes to about ten pence out of one thousand pounds, the same works for the biggest Aid givers in D o  l l a r s.

1 hour ago
BkWilliams
This aid money is overseen by the UN. It was the UN that proposed paying 0.7% by 2016 and it is due to go up.
10 hours ago
One sane woman
Years of austerity here, cutbacks in the nhs on beds, drugs, A and E services and staff wages while they give money away to other countries. Leave charity to the choice of the individual, it has no place in politics.
9 hours ago
Wills999
EVERYONE should contact ALL serious candidates in the General Election in their Ward and tell them that unless they supported revision of our Foreign Aid policy you won’t vote for them!

I have — and if enough of us did it would become a major issue in this election!
10 hours ago
DavidWallis
Let us not blame Mrs May for everything as better to find out who authorized the money and why. Ask your local MP to provide you with a full report on authorization, allocation of funds, monitoring and feed back.

1 hour ago
BkWilliams
It is the UN that came up with this plan. They suggested we pay 0.7% by 2016 and it is due to rise.
11 hours ago
MaggieB
May wants to reduce our pensions, while she’s give large amounts of money to economic imm grants, who have never paid a penny into the system. Is May only interested in foreigners and not the natives. I’m voting UKIP.

11 hours ago
White Owl
Everyone sees this deplorable waste, and nothing is being done to stop it.  maybe we do need another Referendum on Foreign Aid.
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