TaxPayers' Alliance responds to International Development Committee report on impact of DFID merger


Responding to the report by the International Development Committee on "Effectiveness of UK aid: potential impact of FCO/DFID merger findings", James Roberts, political director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: 

"If MPs think streamlining foreign aid will undermine Britain's place in the world, they must be on another planet. 
"After years of wasteful do-gooding, the reputation of DFID is anything but glowing. Taxpayers are fed up of billions being squandered overseas, and didn't need another pointless consultation to tell politicians to get a grip. 
"Government should get on with the merger and make sure its focus is on transparency, saving money and cutting out the profligate programmes." 

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Media contact:

Harry Fone
Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
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24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113 (no texts)

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 June 2020, the TPA welcomed the merger of DfID into the FCO

  4. In April 2020 the TaxPayers' Alliance called for a reassessment of overseas aid.
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