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Fury as £4million British foreign aid budget used fixing POTHOLES abroad

October 12, 2018 7:09 AM
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FURIOUS campaigners have slammed the government for spending nearly £4billion of foreign aid money on improving infrastructure in countries such as Pakistan and India - including railways and potholes in roads.

A new report from spending watchdog the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) revealed taxpayers have bankrolled a £265million cash injection to improve roads in Pakistan.

A further £37million was spent on projects on the Indian continent in order to provide “access to better quality transport”, by upgrading road in cities and rural areas.

Fury has erupted over the findings, while Britain's own transport infrastructure, - plagued by works and delayed timetables – appears to get worse.

Questions are being asked over funding to India from the British foreign aid budget, which is already overstretched, as India is funding its own space programme, a protective shield around the capital Delhi and £10billion on a fleet of warships.

Pakistan has also been tipped to become the 5th most powerful nuclear nation on earth as it upgrades its missile defence systems.

Other spending highlighted by the report includes £700 million fund to provide transport, water and electricity on an island the size of Birmingham on Lake Victoria in East Africa.

Howard Cox, founder of FairFuel UK motorists campaign group said the Tory government should concentrate on sorting out problems at home before setting its sights on projects abroad.


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