Jan 03

Queue here for UK’s £1bn foreign aid cashpoint: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse… YOUR cash is doled out in envelopes and on ATM cards loaded with money:

  • Up to £300million spent on scheme in Pakistan, despite claims of corruption
  • Around 235,000 families pocket cash every three months to boost incomes
  • They get 4,500 rupees (£34.50) as part of Benazir Income Support Programme
  • Whitehall officials plan to expand scheme to 441,000 households by 2020

Standing in line, Pakistani families wait at a cashpoint used to withdraw money on cards loaded with funds from British taxpayers.

More than £1billion of our foreign aid budget has been given away in cash over the past five years, it can be revealed today.

Despite warnings of fraud, officials have quietly quadrupled expenditure on cash and debit cards that recipients can spend at will.

The budget has soared from £53million in 2005 to an annual average of £219million in the period 2011-15. MPs last night compared the foreign cash handouts to ‘exporting the dole’.

As much as £300million is being lavished on a scheme in Pakistan that has been dogged by claims of corruption.

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