UK MINISTERS will unite with politicians across Europe to radically reform foreign aid rules – and invest the money in boosting intelligence services around the world.
Ministers are preparing to lobby the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to change the rules governing how taxpayer’s money is spent on global projects.
An insider told the Sun: “We’re working with the Germans, the Dutch, the Nordic countries, there are a lot of like-minded countries who want change.
“We’re working on a submission to the OECD. We want change.”
Under current rules a ship prepared with relief for disaster-stricken people is not allowed to be counted as part of the aid budget.
It comes as International Development Secretary Priti Patel calls for a “more muscular” approach to foreign aid as she wages war on “nice-to-do vanity projects” that use up taxpayer’s cash.
Speaking out against rules that stop relief-laden ships waiting to act in preparation for a disaster, she said: “It makes my blood boil.