Climate Change

UK blows £39m Fortune on global climate fight

UK blows £39m Fortune on global climate fight as hard-up Brits suffer. BRITAIN is splurging an extra £39million on fighting climate change abroad - as squeezed taxpayers face more austerity at home.

The hike - announced as George Osborne set out £11.5billion of Whitehall budget cuts last month - was branded a "total waste of money" after being uncovered by The Sun.

The UK will dole out £969MILLION on foreign green projects - including wind farms in Africa and forestry in Nepal - by 2015-16, up from £930million a year earlier.

The extra is part of a pledge to hand 0.7 per cent of our income over to poor nations.
The overall annual foreign aid budget is ballooning to £12.2billion - equivalent to £462 per UK household.

Peter Bone, Tory MP for Wellingborough in Northants, blasted: "To spend nearly £1billion a year on overseas aid is difficult enough. But when it is spent on climate change it seems a total waste of money."

Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy added: "Constituents will accept it if it is being spent stopping people starving - not silly budgets like this one."
But a Government spokesman said: "We cannot have food security, water security or energy security unless the world tackles climate change."

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