Boris Johnson was broadly right about aid spending – Full Fact


10 June 2021

What was claimed

The present government has spent more on foreign aid than any previous Labour government.

Our verdict

This is true, at least from the data that goes back to 1970. It has also spent more than any previous Conservative government in that period.

What was claimed

The present government is continuing to spend more on foreign aid than any previous Labour government.

Our verdict

This is essentially true. Spending was briefly slightly higher than the present government’s planned target in 2006 and 2009, but no previous government has sustained it at or above that level.