Around 43 per cent of Britons think spending cuts should be applied to overseas aid, a survey showed

Around 43 per cent of Britons think spending cuts should be applied to overseas aid, a survey showed

Nearly half of Britons think the Government should cut the overseas aid budget in order to protect other services such as health and education, a survey has shown.

Around 43% of people thought spending cuts should be applied to overseas aid, while 26% thought less money should be spent on social protection and 21% thought the defence budget should be slashed.

But 37% of people said they thought health spending should be protected from budget cuts, with 20% feeling the same way about education, according to MoneySavingExpert.com.

Only 6% of the 24,000 people questioned thought the overseas aid budget should be ring-fenced, with just 3% thinking spending on the environment should be protected.

Martin Lewis, creator of MoneySavingExpert.com, said: "It seems that a huge chunk of the UK public follow the 'charity begins at home' philosophy when it comes to public spending.

"It's stunning that the area of spending the Government has chosen to make watertight is the one most people would choose to cut."