Queue here for UK’s £1 bn 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 £300 million 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
By John Stevens Whitehall Editor For The Daily Mail
3 January 2017
Standing in line, Pakistani families wait at a cashpoint used to withdraw money on cards loaded with funds from British taxpayers.
More than £1 billion 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 £53 million in 2005 to an annual average of £219 million in the period 2011-15. MPs last night compared the foreign cash handouts to ‘exporting the dole’.
As much as £300 million is being lavished on a scheme in Pakistan that has been dogged by claims of corruption.
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