We are constantly being reminded about cuts to services, from schools to care, the NHS to local councils, with the Government saying that they have made sufficient provisions in funding these services through their “reforms”, which actually means cuts.
Their is a very simple remedy to all of this, one which would close down the debate altogether and provide the funds necessary to satisfy the growing demands that these services need.
Reform the overseas aid programme, to which by law we have to donate 0.7% of our GDP – currently £13 billion and rising as our economy grows. This is taxpayers’ money, which is handed out to countries which don’t need it, don’t want it and in some cases have corrupt regimes. It is putting our money into the wrong pockets.
We need to reduce it so that our own services are properly funded to the benefit of our own people first and whatever is left can be allocated to those countries that really need it. That is fair to the taxpayers, the services involved and the future funding of our country’s needs.
Philip Griffiths, North West President, UKIP