The Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore discussed discuss international development and aid on two visits to the West of Scotland today
He was in East Kilbride to visit the UK Government’s Department of International Development and Glasgow with the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) to learn about the activities of this major Scottish charity overseas. He was also presented with a number of postcards signed by people asking for action on a levy on financial transactions - the so-called “Robin Hood” tax.
Michael Moore said: “Scotland has always been at the forefront of international development in the UK and DfID’s offices in East Kilbride ensure this remains the case. Just under half of the UK based staff of DfID are based in Scotland doing vital work.
In these difficult economic times the coalition government’s commitment to increase the levels of overseas aid remains unchanged. This is an important example of the core values of our nation. The ring-fencing of DifD’s budget guarantee that we will continue to help those who need it most.”