Bahamas barred from UK’s bloated £14bn budget after Hurricane Dorian batters islands as they’re deemed ‘too rich’

Bahamas barred from UK’s bloated £14bn budget after Hurricane Dorian batters islands as they’re deemed ‘too rich’

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RED tape is stopping aid for the Bahamas coming from the UK’s bloated £14billion foreign aid budget.

The islands are deemed too rich to qualify under international rules — so the UK’s £1.5million Hurricane Dorian package has to come from other funding pots.

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Bahamas barred from the UK’s bloated £14billion foreign aid budget — as it’s ‘too rich’[/caption]

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Foreign aid can go only to countries where gross national income is up to £11,000 per person – in the Bahamas it is £24,000[/caption]

Several hundred Brits are feared among at least 70,000 made homeless. The death toll stands at 43 but thousands are still reported missing.

However foreign aid can go only to countries where gross national income is up to £11,000 per person. In the Bahamas it is £24,000.

But aid cash has previously been earmarked for projects such as the Ethiopian Spice Girls.

Tory MP Peter Bone said: “The Government should pay out of the aid budget. It’s absurd.”

James Roberts, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “It’s barmy. If we insist on spending taxpayers’ cash on international development, emergency aid after a hurricane is a good place to start.”


On top of the £1.5million for victims, 18 military medics and a humanitarian team will arrive. And the Navy is sending HMS Protector alongside Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Mounts Bay.

Yesterday 90mph winds brought flooding across the east coast of the US. Ten inches of rain fell between Charleston in South Carolina and Wilmington, 170 miles away in North Carolina.

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Several hundred Brits are feared among at least 70,000 made homeless, with many thousands still missing[/caption]

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No UK aid will be sent to help residents survive the devastation, but Brit aid cash has previously been earmarked for projects such as the Ethiopian Spice Girls[/caption]

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Livelihoods have been picked up and smashed by Hurricane Dorian[/caption]

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James Roberts, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘It’s barmy. If we insist on spending taxpayers’ cash on international development, emergency aid after a hurricane is a good place to start’[/caption]


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