Aid to India makes Britain great

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Aid to India makes Britain great

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Ed Miliband's 2009 trip to India as energy and climate change secretary

The UK is right to keep giving aid to India and Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell is showing boldness in defending the policy. His statement comes on the day that Trevor Kavanagh’s column in The Sun argues that stopping UK aid to India “could have saved us slashing our own Armed Forces. Or keep hospitals open. Or soften the welfare cuts.”

The UK is set to spend just £280m per year in India and does so in the three poorest states. As I have argued before, it’s wrong to trade off bednets and body armour. It’s also wrong to blame aid to India for the closure of hospitals, when the government has ring-fenced the NHS budget in the same way as the aid budget. And the idea that Trevor Kavanagh should want to soften welfare cuts flies in

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Richard Darlington was Special Adviser at DFID 2009-2010 and is now Head of News at the think tank IPPR. Follow him on Twitter: @RDarlo 

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