Nigel Farage demands Britain’s huge foreign aid budget is diverted to help flooded towns
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has demanded the Government diverts its “ballooning” foreign aid budget to help areas across the UK hit by Storm Desmond.
Concern has been raised whether the Conservatives are doing all they can to keep Britain protected from floods.
David Cameron said a multi-million pound flood defence system built in the north-west county after floods in 2005 was “not good enough” to protect houses from the horror weather.
It was also announced that public spending will be hacked by 14%, In aid of flood protection.
Nigel Farage has called on the Tories to relocate cash from its foreign aid budget.
Chancellor George Osborne told MPs the total overseas aid budget will increase to a staggering £16.3bn by 2020.
Mr Farage tweeted: “The government should divert some of the ballooning foreign aid budget to help those affected by Storm Desmond.”
Liz Truss (Environment Secretary ) insisted that, despite the severe cuts, the Government had spent more on flooding in real terms.
She said: “The whole point of that is we don’t have lumpy bits of floods spending but actually we commit to a long-term programme which helps protect the country better, including the impact of In last month’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review, it was revealed Britain’s spending on foreign aid will be larger than the entire Home Office budget in each of the next five years.