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Thursday, January 12, 2012

£2m of aid budget goes to consultants: Ministers are 'wasting cash' meant to help Third World

At least £2million of Britain’s overseas aid budget has gone into the pockets of outside consultancy firms since the election, figures have revealed.

Rather than ensuring as much money as possible goes towards alleviating Third World poverty, ministers have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on management, legal and IT consultants.

The biggest slice of cash – £284,000 – was handed to Hawkpoint Partners, an international corporate finance firm.

The Coalition has previously controversially pledged that the aid budget will rise to 0.7 per cent of national income – even though schools, police forces, councils and all Government departments except health are facing stringent cuts. Read More