Charitable Donations

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of David Blunkett David Blunkett Labour, Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of changes in the levels of financial giving and philanthropy over the last two years.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Government uses the Community Life Survey to track, among other things, trends in giving of money. In 2012-13 almost three quarters (74%) of people reported giving money to charity in the four weeks prior to interview; this represents a slight increase from 2010-11 when 72% donated.

The proportion of people donating to charity had declined between 2005 and 2010-11 (from 79% to 72%), so the latest figures appear to represent a halt of this downward trend.

Figures from HMRC suggest that there has been an increase in the amount donated that has had Gift Aid claimed on it in the past two years from £3,830 million in 2010-11 to a provisional figure of £4,130 million in 2012-13.

I am aware that the right hon. Member is chairing an inquiry on behalf of the Charities Aid Foundation on this and I look forward to reading the final report.

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