The UK Taypayers' Alliance, a right-wing campaign group that advocates for lower taxes, has issued a new report calling for radical reform of UK development assistance. The report, endorsed by Conservative Member of Parliament and former UK Development Minister Priti Patal, calls for the UK to introduce greater flexibility in meeting its target of providing 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) as official development assistance (ODA) by allowing for averages across calendar years.
In addition, the report calls on the UK to stop abiding by official international rules on how ODA is counted and reducing the volume of ODA it spends through multilateral organisations due to a perceived lack of UK oversight and control, and instead increase its spending to smaller UK NGOs. Finally, the report calls for the Department for International Development (DFID) to be given the ultimate responsibility for all ODA spending across the UK government, in recognition of concerns of misspending by other UK departments.
Report - UK Taxpayers' Alliance
News article - The Guardian