ConDem Regime Tells Britons to Brace For “Painful” Spending Cuts — As They Give £100 Million to GazaConDem Prime Minister David Cameron has warned Britons to prepare themselves for “painful” domestic spending cuts — while his Government has just approved a £100 million foreign aid package to Gaza.
Writing in a Sunday newspaper, Mr Cameron warned of "pain" as his administration tackled Britain’s debt.
Earlier, ConDem Chancellor George Osborne said that “wasteful spending” was to be the target of the first wave of budget cuts.
University places are to be reduced by at least 10,000, and Child Trust Funds are to be axed, but the biggest cuts will be in the Transport budget (£683 million), Communities and Local Government (£780 million), Business (£836 million), Education (£670 million) and Justice (£325 million).
There will also be a freeze on recruitment to the civil service and an active “job loss” programme in that sector as well.
The effects on the private sector will also still ripple out, as many companies depend on Government contracts for their livelihood.
All of these cuts will not affect the £9.1 billion foreign aid budget, which the ConDem regime has ringfenced and promised to increase to £13 billion in due course.
To add insult to injury, the ConDem’s International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has announced that British taxpayers are to give a further £19 million in foreign aid to Gaza.
In a DFID press release, Mr Mitchell said that the money will go to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
This money forms part of a 5-year, £100 million DFID funding agreement with UNRWA.
British taxpayers will be ecstatic to hear that the agreement includes “annual core contributions” and “performance-related payments,” based on a Performance Assessment Framework agreed between the DFID and UNRWA.
The £19 million payment is the “core contribution for 2010” and has just been approved by Mr Mitchell.