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UK's 1.3bn pound aid to help China's social care

Blog Post 2 May 2017

How would you feel if I told you British money is being spent on improving social care in China?

And this foreign aid – some £1.3 billion of it – is being spent as an investment into future trading partners,

I have always felt fairly liberal minded over helping poorer countries, but my compassion is being challenged by this latest news that broke in The Telegraph.

We have a social care system on its knees and we’re crying out for money to be spent at home. Am I so wrong at raising even a murmur of disquiet?

I read the Foreign Office has outlined a series of “policy objectives” for the funding in China with “suggested projects” including improving “care in the community for elderly people in China” and the “sustainability of the health system”.

The money will go into the aptly named Prosperity Fund, which according to the report is “at risk”.

Other projects targeted for aid spending include supporting China’s fashion and film industries and providing “policy and regulations for football”.

I just don’t get it.

A government response claimed “sustained economic growth is the only long-term solution to poverty and the Prosperity Fund supports the vital economic development needed to help middle-income countries, where more than 60 per cent of the world’s poorest live, to stand on their own two feet and become our trading partners of the future.”

I often muse over what history will declare on the generation that has overseen the most chaotic dismantling of social care.

I’m not a political animal and my association will work with any party for the betterment of care for the elderly, frail, learning disabled and sick. I like to think I’m reasonably selfless and well rounded in my response on care matters. This news, however, appears to be bringing out a darker side of me.