White Helmets funding

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Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

What is the total sum of funding; including money, equipment, materials and resources, that the British Government has provided to the White Helmets, also known as Syria Civil Defence (SCD) either directly, or via any channels? This FOI question concerns any and all time periods. Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Joyce Brown

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Dear Joyce Brown,


Please find attached our reply to your Freedom of Information request,
reference 0400-18.


Yours sincerely,


Near East Department,

Foreign & Commonwealth Office



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Joyce Brown left an annotation ()

"As of 31 March 2018, the total sum of funding that the British Government has supplied to the White Helmets is £38,425,591." That is massively more than I imagined it to be! What a shock to many people.

Avril Wooster left an annotation ()

I am appalled at this massive give away of taxpayers money to an organisation that has had some very bad reports.
Where is the evidence that this is money well spent?