Hundreds of millions of pounds in overseas aid is lost to fraud every year undetected by the Department for International Development, an auditors’ report suggests.
Only 0.03 per cent of the £10 billion a year spent on aid is recorded as fraudulent by the department run by Priti Patel, even though it sends money to many of the world’s most corrupt countries. The implausibility of such low levels of fraud is spelt out by the National Audit Office in a report on waste in the aid budget.
Although the auditors do not attempt to quantify the scale of unreported fraud, they highlight that other agencies and departments admit to significantly higher levels of misused money. HMRC admits that 3 per cent of its budget is lost through fraud and the Department for Work and Pensions puts its fraud losses at 0.7 per cent. Both operate in Britain, considered one of…
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