TaxPayers' Alliance responds to announced merger of DfID into the FCO

For immediate release


Commenting on the announced merger of the Department for International Development into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, James Roberts, political director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

"This shift is good news for taxpayers, but it's crucial that the end result is less of their money being wasted.

“Taxpayers must get the maximum possible value for every pound spent. For too long, cash has been thrown away by DfID on ineffective and unjustified projects - money must now go to those most in need, at home and abroad.

"As part of a single foreign affairs department, it should be easier to place the nation's best interests at the heart of aid decisions, and to save taxpayers' money."


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Media contact:

Sam Packer
Media Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
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Notes to editors:

  1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) fights to reform taxes, reduce spending and protect taxpayers. Find out more about the TaxPayers' Alliance at
  2. TaxPayers' Alliance's advisory council.
  3. In April 2020 the TaxPayers' Alliance called for a reassessment of overseas aid.
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