Brits Donated A Record £13.9 Billion To Charity Last Year

A new report has revealed that Brits donated a record £13.9 billion to charity in 2023.

Despite the cost of living crisis and increases in energy, average monthly donations rose to £65, increasing by 40% compared to the year before, according to the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).

According to the CAF, the most charitable part of the UK was Sheffield Hallam, where locals gave 3.2% of their household income to charitable causes.

Kensington and Bayswater, home to some of the wealthiest members of the public, came second but gave just 0.5% of their income.

Charity donors living in Belfast West, one of the most deprived parts of Northern Ireland where one in four children live in poverty, gave an average of 2.2% of their wages.  Some experts believe that this can be partly explained by cash-strapped people being more likely to witness the misery caused by poverty that charities work to prevent.

However, the CAF also reported that people regularly donating to charity has fallen from 65% in 2019 to fewer than six in ten (58%) last year. Analysts said that rather than more people giving to charity, the amount of money that people donated has increased.

Neil Heslop, chief executive of CAF, said: “The act of giving connects us to one another in communities and across society: a more giving society can be one with a stronger social fabric.

“But 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 Heslop, though fewer people are donating to charities these days, those who can, are donating more, showing how united the country can be. “For these reasons, we need to foster a more widespread and sustainable culture of giving to support charities that are squeezed from all sides.”

Heslop concluded: “The vital next step is for the government to harness charitable giving for every part of the UK, by committing to drawing up a national strategy for philanthropy and charitable giving, ideally as part of a renewed approach to the whole of civil society.”