UK under fire as new figures show aid spending by broad range of ministries

Aid experts speak out after official statistics reveal that about a quarter of UK aid budget was spent outside Department for International Development in 2016

The proportion of Britain’s £13.4bn aid budget spent by government ministries other than the Department for International Development rose by almost 50% last year, sparking concerns about transparency and poverty reduction.

Roughly a quarter of the aid budget, which met the 0.7% target set by the government, was spent by non-DfID departments, official figures show.

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