- Number of staff at International Development Department has risen sharply
- Annual report reveals there are now 2,978 workers, up by 155 over the past year
- Staff numbers are rising to administer growing £13billion foreign aid budget
Tory MPs reacted with fury today after it emerged the foreign aid department has drafted in 155 extra staff to help spend the government’s £13billion budget.
The size of the workforce at the Department for International Development has gone up from 2,823 to 2,978 over the past year. The overall pay bill rose by £6million.
The spike in numbers, slipped out in DfID’s annual report, came after aid spending soared by an eye-watering 10 per cent.
Theresa May (pictured at the G20 summit in Hamburg today) has insisted the target of spending 0.7 per cent of national income on aid will stay in place
The budget had to be pushed up massively to keep hitting the target of 0.7 per cent of national income abroad after the UK’s economic performance was revised up.
Theresa May has been resisting calls for the aid pot to be raided to meet demands for an easing of austerity, including easing the public sector pay cap.
The PM has staunchly defended the target, but suggested that the definition of what counts towards it could be widened amid complaint it is ‘arbitrary’ and should be more focused on furthering Britain’s interests.
Tory MP Philip Davies told MailOnline: ‘I am afraid it is grotesque what is happening.
‘People are not just unhappy or frustrated or about this, they are very angry.