#London, October 11, 2018 – UK – Savings by the UK’s Department for International Development or DFID is what will be used instead to continue to help hurricane stricken overseas territories. It was announced by Cabinet Minister Penny Mourdant who has also instructed her office not to ask the UK treasury for any extra cash as they aim to throw monetary support behind countries hard hit by the hurricanes, for example.
While this includes the Turks and Caicos Islands, the TCI was not one of those specifically mentioned in a London news article in early August.
The matter emerges following a bitter and almost incredible situation realized last year when the UK could not use its so called, “jumbo £13bn aid budget” to help countries like the TCI, British Virgin Islands and Anguilla which had suffered extensive devastation in Hurricanes Irma and Maria of 2017.
One recurring headline last year September was that the Caribbean countries were ‘too rich’ to qualify. Just yesterday, Secretary of State Mourdant made the statement to media prior to Cabinet meeting that there was further commitment to changing the rules which prohibit how countries qualify for aid from the United Kingdom.