Downing Street website have unveiled a new petition to end Britain’s Foreign aid madness
It means Daily Express readers can now pile even more pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May’s team to scrap a commitment that sees billions of pounds slide out of the country each year.
By filling in the form printed on this page and signing the new online petition ministers can be pressured into reconsidering rules that tie Britain into spending at least £13.3 billion a year overseas.
Like millions across the country Robert Barnes has become increasingly disillusioned at how Whitehall fritters taxpayers’ money on foreign aid while vital services in the UK are starved of cash.
He set up the petition on the official UK Government website urging ministers to plough Official Development Assistance money, or foreign aid, into the NHS, elderly services and adult social care.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION TO END THE FOREIGN AID MADNESS
Married council officer Mr Barnes, 52, of Oldham, Lancs, has now decided to team up with the Daily Express’ Stop the Foreign Aid Madness crusade.
The petition needs 100,000 signatures in six months to trigger a Parliamentary debate and potentially force a change in the law that sees 0.7 per cent of our national income spent on foreign aid every year.
With the support of our army of readers this newspaper believes we can make that happen.
Mr Barnes said: “The Daily Express has always been known as the voice of the people and this is an extremely important crusade. Previous campaigns, like inheritance tax and getting us out of the EU, have struck a chord with the public and that’s why I am supporting this one.
Billions of pounds slide out of the country each year to go overseas
The amount of foreign aid we hand out is projected to increase to £16billion by 2020 yet look at what is happening to the NHS
“This is simply about getting a message across to the people that their money can be better used. Why are we giving away so much cash in foreign aid when it could be used to fund doctors, nurses, police officers and house homeless veterans here? It makes no sense.”
On Wednesday night former international development secretary Priti Patel was forced to offer a humiliating resignation after it was discovered she met top level Israeli politicians, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while on a family holiday. She did this without informing Downing Street or the Foreign Office.
Despite her departure the Daily Express has vowed to continue to lobby tirelessly for the bloated foreign aid budget to be slashed with money urgently diverted to the frontline here.
Mr Barnes is one of 75,000 readers who have so far signed up to our crusade by sending in coupons or adding their support on our website.
Petitions are urging Theresa May to divert more of the money to spend on health and social care here
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We are demanding Mrs May scraps the arbitrary target and adopts a common sense to properly funding failing services in the UK.
We think Britain has a vital role to play in helping developing countries flourish but the 0.7 per cent target, set by former prime minister David Cameron in 2013 and met every year to the penny since, is far too high.
Last year we sent £13.3 billion abroad while services on which millions of people rely struggled to keep their heads above water.
Our crusade has received cross-party backing from political heavyweights including Tory grandee Jacob Rees-Mogg, former Ukip leader Nigel Farage, leading Brexit campaigner Suzanne Evans and pressure group the TaxPayers’ Alliance.
Mr Barnes said: “The amount of foreign aid we hand out is projected to increase to £16billion by 2020 yet look at what is happening to the NHS and services for the elderly and vulnerable here at home. We have a duty of care to these people and as far as I am concerned charity begins at home. That is why I started a petition, I know it will resonate with millions of people across the UK who want to see more money spent on the services on which people rely on every day.
Last year Britain sent £13.3 billion overseas
“The Government should be listening to us because this is our money and it should be prioritised at home. This is why I back your campaign to put the people of Britain first.”
The petition urges ministers to adequately fund the NHS, adult social care and the elderly who have been the “backbone of our country”.
At 10,000 signatures, the Government promises to respond to the petition but if it reaches 100,000 it will be considered for debate in Parliament.
To sign the petition click here.