Charity Given Lowest Spending Priority, Survey Shows

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3rd July 2014 17:55 - Voluntary

The UK’s economic improvement may mean that, for some at least, their spending is set to increase over the course of the next year, but when asked what their increased spending is likely to go on, charity was given the lowest priority according to research conducted for the Charities Aid Foundation.

When asked what they are likely to increase their spending on, groceries (31%), holidays (21%), clothes (17%), leisure activities (14%) and eating out (14%) were all given precedence. Less than one in 10 (9%) said that they would increase their charitable donations over the next year.

Elsewhere in the survey, findings showed that almost three quarters (73%) of Britons thought their fellow citizens were becoming ever more materialistic, with just shy of three fifths (59%) believing people in the UK are “often too focused on their own lives to help others”.

However, of the 2,006 British adults that were surveyed, almost half (48%) do believe that people should spend more money on charities as well as themselves.

In response, John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, told UK Fundraising: “It’s great news that people are feeling more optimistic about the economy and want charities to benefit from the upturn, but disappointing that people feel the country is becoming ever more materialistic at the same time.”

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