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Britain’s poorest areas are among the most generous for donating to charity as £13.9 billion is raised in 2023

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A record £13.9billion was donated to charity last year – with the country’s poorest areas among the most generous. 

The total marks a 9 per cent increase from the £12.7billion raised in 2022, with average monthly donations increasing by nearly 40 per cent to reach £65. 

The report, produced by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), found the most generous constituency was Sheffield Hallam, where residents gave 3.2 per cent of their household income. 

Kensington and Bayswater, in west London, were the second-most generous by amount – but their giving represented just 0.5 per cent of household income, the lowest of all constituencies. 

By contrast, donors in Belfast West, one of the most deprived parts of Northern Ireland where more than a quarter of children live in poverty, gave an average of 2.2 per cent. 

A record £13.9billion was donated to charity last year, which marks a 9 per cent increase from the £12.7billion raised in 2022

A record £13.9billion was donated to charity last year, which marks a 9 per cent increase from the £12.7billion raised in 2022

The most generous constituency was Sheffield Hallam, a mostly rural area on the western outskirts of Sheffield (pictured), where residents gave 3.2 per cent of their household income

The most generous constituency was Sheffield Hallam, a mostly rural area on the western outskirts of Sheffield (pictured), where residents gave 3.2 per cent of their household income

But the report highlighted that the number of people regularly donating to charity had fallen from 65 per cent in 2019 to fewer than six in 10 (58 per cent) in 2023. 

The CAF said it was only because donors’ average contributions had increased that the total figure had gone up. 

Some 75 per cent of British adults did at least one charitable activity in the past 12 months, including donating, volunteering, and sponsoring. 

On average, constituencies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland gave more, as a proportion of income, than those in England. 

Neil Heslop, chief executive of CAF, said: ‘It’s concerning that we’re relying on a dwindling group of regular givers, and the typical donation is static and eroded by inflation. 

‘For these reasons, we need to foster a more widespread and sustainable culture of giving to support charities that are squeezed from all sides. The report was produced from an online survey with a sample size of 13,164.



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