Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to reveal he will be merging the Department for International Development with the Home Office in a major revamp. The announcement is expected during his Global Britain speech in the House of Commons at 1.30pm.
The move comes after a review into UK aid spending by crossbench peer Lord Bew.
Financial Times Whitehall correspondent Sebastian Payne tweeted: “Confirmed from multiple govt officials: Boris Johnson will announce at 1:30pm that @foreignoffice and @DFID_UK are to merge.
“Ministerial sources say 0.7 percent aid budget will be remain but ‘it’ll be squeezed for the first time…there will be less money than the year before.'”
The move sparked specualation the prime minister would be moving to scrap foreign aid.
In response acting Lib Dem leader Ed Davey said: “Later today I will ask the PM why he is so intent on taking support away from some of the most vulnerable people in the world.
“He talks of ‘Global Britain’ but his selfish, inward-looking vision for Britain weakens our country everyday he is in office.”
Mail on Sunday commentator Dan Hodges tweeted: “Going for the Overseas Aid budget confirms it. Cummings wants to move away from Covid and shift on to a Culture War footing.”
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Published at Tue, 16 Jun 2020 12:01:00 +0000