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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

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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Government 'to cut foreign aid to India'

The government will cut foreign aid to India because its growing economy means it no longer needs handouts, according to reports.

Justine Greening, International Development Secretary, is expected to announce that the UK's aid commitment to India will change at the end of the current funding programme.

Indian finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said last year that India no longer wants or needs aid from Britain, describing the money as "a peanut in our total development expenditure".

What will British aid achieve in Syria?

  • Providing trauma support for 28,000 children
  • Assist UNICEF in reaching half a million refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries
  • Train 125 frontline workers to work directly with vulnerable children
  • Provide essential suppliesa further 2.5 million people as Syria's harsh winter approaches
  • Shoes, winter clothing, blankets, heaters, cookers and emergency shelters to help the 1.2 million people who have been made homeless

Save the Children: 'Govt's 'missed opportunity' on aid'

Aid has been a critical factor in why four million fewer children under five are dying each year than in 1990 and the UK has helped lead the world in that effort.

However, today's failure to bring forward legislation means future aid budgets could be cut too easily and poor countries will find it harder to plan their budgets.

We often call on poor country governments to be more accountable and to honour their commitments - today's failure to legislate on the aid target was a missed opportunity to show that the British government will lead by example.

– Brendan Cox, Save the Children

'46% of EU aid goes to low-income states'

The committee's report reveals that only 46% of EU aid for developing countries goes to low-income states: an "unacceptable" figure.

The rest, it says, goes to relatively better-off countries, many neighbouring the EU such as Turkey and Serbia.

"Turkey has consistently been in the top five recipients of European Commission aid (£182 million in 2010) as has Serbia (£178 million in 2010)" it says.

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'EU aid going to middle-income countries'

More than half of Europe's development aid budget is going to "middle-income" countries which should not qualify, MPs have warned.

A report by a House of Commons Committee challenges the UK Government, which provided £1.23 billion in aid via the EU in 2010, to demand tougher standards to ensure support goes to the neediest nations.

British taxpayers want the aid they give to go to the places where it can make the most difference, to countries where millions of people are getting by on less than a pound a day.

– Liberal Democrat MP Malcolm Bruce who chairs the International Development Committee
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