CAF responds to Government's Community Life Survey

12 February 2013

Community Life logoCommenting on the Government's Community Life Survey, Paul Rees, Executive Director of the Charities Aid Foundation, said: “This survey is further evidence that British people remain extraordinarily generous with their time and money. It is humbling that people continue to give their time and money to the causes they care about, despite the fact that many people are struggling with falling incomes and rising prices.

“Volunteering for a cause you care about is an important force for good. And it is vital that the wave of enthusiasm for volunteering, sparked by the Olympics, is translated into a long-term legacy of people devoting their time to helping others.

“However, this survey does shows that giving money to charity has fallen in real terms since 2010 and that the current year is the lowest on record. It also shows a drop in the percentage of people giving monthly from 79% in 2005 to 74% in 2012. This is despite the fact that the survey was conducted during the heady afterglow of the Olympics, and overlapped with a quarter when the economy was growing at a faster rate than at any time since the credit crunch.

"It is clearly more important than ever that we are not complacent and do our best to encourage people to back Britain’s charities, as many organisations increasingly struggle with being asked to do more with less."

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