UK financial aid to India to end

Britain's financial aid to India will come to an end in 2015, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced. But the UK will still provide "technical assistance" to the country, which will cost around £30 million a year.

Save the Children: India financial aid cut 'premature'

Despite India’s impressive economic progress, 1.6 million children died in India last year - a quarter of all global child deaths. We agree that in the longer term, aid to India should be phased out as the country continues to develop, but we believe that the poorest children will need our ongoing help, and to cut bilateral aid in 2015 is premature.

We welcome the UK’s commitment to provide technical assistance post-2015, and believe that even if aid is cut to the Indian government, the UK should explore ways to support Indian non-governmental groups that address the needs of the poorest and their work tackling the tough issues that are the obstacles to wider progress – children excluded from health and education because of gender or caste, child and maternal mortality and women’s and girls’ rights.

We welcome the UK’s pledge to commit 0.7% of GDP to foreign aid, and recognise their leadership in development.

– Kitty Arie, Save the Children’s Director of Advocacy

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Greening: India aid about 'skills-sharing' rather than money

Britain will no longer give India financial aid from 2015 but will in the future support areas like trade and investment and health.

After reviewing the programme and holding discussions with the Government of India this week, we agreed that now is the time to move to a relationship focussing on skills-sharing rather than aid.

Having visited India I have seen first hand the tremendous progress being made. India is successfully developing and our own bilateral relationship has to keep up with 21st Century India. It’s time to recognise India’s changing place in the world.

It is of course critical that we fulfil all the commitments we have already made and that we continue with those short-term projects already underway which are an important part of the UK and Government of India’s development programme.

– International Development Secretary Justine Greening

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No new financial aid to India after 2015

British aid to India will come to an end in 2015, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.

Between now and 2015, financial support will be reduced by about £200 million a year.

However, The Sun's Political Editor Tom Newton tweeted:

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Justine Greening cutting aid to India today is a smokescreen. Only from 2015, £1.12bn still going there before. Said before by Mitchell.

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@guidofawkes @jameschappers DFID confirm £1.12bn is still committed to India until 2015, that not changing.