British taxpayers funding £2million road safety 'simulator' project based in China
A £2million research project is helping to cut traffic fatalities across the world including the Asia superpower.
The money is even being spent on setting up a driving simulator in the country to reduce road crashes.
The NHS is probing why nations such as China, Kenya, Vietnam and Bangladesh have twice the number of deaths on the roads than high income countries.
The project, based at the University of Southampton, outlines that road traffic injuries cost an estimated £2trillion worldwide.
The health department is among a host of departments using Official Development Assistance funding on projects abroad.
This money forms part of the government’s commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid, currently around £14 billion.
Figures show Britain gave £49 million in aid cash to China in 2017. Projects in China have included a £860,000 health scheme to encourage reduction in salt intake.
Funding worth nearly £60,000 went towards a conservation project for the Chinese salamander.
James Roberts, Political Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “These revelations of how boffins are spending aid money will drive Brits up the wall.
“Splashing taxpayer cash setting up traffic ‘simulator facilities’ in China, with all these silly PC conditions attached, is a complete waste of money and won’t make a lick of difference.”
Tory MP Philip Hollobone said: “China is the second biggest economy in the world, it’s an immensely wealthy country.
“The idea that we should be doing this is absurd. British people want our international aid money being spent on feeding starving millions not on road research projects to benefit China.”
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “The research is funded through central aid budgets and is separate from the £1 billion a year spent on health research in the UK.
“Research partnerships between the UK and countries not only support some of the poorest populations in the world but also build on the UK’s world-leading expertise.”
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