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Secrecy around £1bn aid and security fund raises 'significant concern', say MPs

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MPs and Lords have expressed “significant concern” over the lack of transparency, accountability and leadership of a £1bn government fund aimed at tackling conflicts and building stability overseas.

An inquiry into the conflict, stability and security fund (CSSF) described it as “opaque” and said the government had failed to provide enough evidence to scrutinise the fund effectively. The secrecy surrounding the fund, which comes partly from aid money, undermined the government’s objectives for transparency over aid funding, according to the joint committee on the national security strategy.

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