More than £100 million has been spent by the British government on building the world's second biggest refugee camp 55 miles from the Syrian border. Over 16 months Britain has combined with the EU and the UN in building the camp which is the size of a city ready to house 130,000 refugees. Ministers assured parliament that this camp city showed taxpayers [ ] that Britain's efforts were on a par with other global efforts handing over, through the Department of International Development, £115 million to the UNHCR + £227 million to the World Food Programme + many millions to charities working inside the camps themselves. A few weeks ago Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood said in the House of Commons that the camp was an example of British benevolence: “I am pleased to say that we are seeing how well British money is spent. It is clear refugees want to stay in the region.” [ ] Yet the UNHCR has admitted that the camp city has been a failure since numbers leaving Syria has slowed since Jordan began vetting arrivals to stop militants and those leaving simply went to Turkey who, in order to offload them onto other countries, allowed them to go to Greece and other parts of Europe. Britain was the first country in the G7 to honour its commitment to ringfencing 0.7 per cent of gross national income for foreign aid. This means that 7p of every £10 raised from British taxpayers is spent on overseas development. In 2013, this amounted to £11.4 billion. For 2014 the figures were closer to £11.8 billion. Critics say the only people benefitting from this enormous sum of money are the international welfare services with British taxpayers footing the bill for ever higher costs through the foreign aid budget, while millions here are reliant on food banks and 100,000 British children are homeless.