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Since 1st January 2016*, Foreign Aid has cost the taxpayer...

The figure is updated every 20 seconds. Sources, notes, & caveats can be found below.

Key Facts

Percentage of GDP


£ per person² (p.a.)


Cost per Second¹


Cost per Minute


Cost per Hour


Cost per Day


Sources & Notes


All sources used to create the figures are listed below. Figures include inflation (averaged) using the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Composite Price Index (CPI) for 2016 - 2017. Figures are provided in good faith and for general reference purposes only.

¹ = As stated, figures are rounded where required. For example, the actual cost per second is £439.560451985033.Figures provided in the Key Facts section are rounded accordingly. Full data available upon request.

* = The latest data provided is for the 2016 period. It's likely the Foreign Aid budget has increased by a small amount since 2016.

² = The cost per person is based on the latest figures available from the World Bank (sourced below).


Source links may be archived using either Google's cache or on, or around, the date of data creation.

Notes & Caveats

Calculations made using figures from UK Government report for the 2016 period. The following must be considered when verifying the data:

  • 52 weeks per year, rather than 52.14.
  • 365 days per year, rather than 365.24
  • Figure includes both DFID and non-DFID contributions.
  • DFID's figures 2016 include the capital contribution to CDC.
  • 15% of total expenditure goes to crisis relief.
  • 36% of total expenditure goes to international organisations, such as the United Nations.
  • Figures may not sum to totals due to rounding.

In Addition

This is not a political statement and UK Costs does not hold an opinion on the Foreign Aid budget.