Older people give more than twice as much to charity as the under-30s, survey says

Stephen Dilworth of the financial services group Foresters blames youth unemployment and debt for lower levels of charitable giving by younger people

Stephen Dilworth
Stephen Dilworth

Older people are the most generous generation, donating more than double the amount to charities as those under 30, a new survey suggests.

More than 3,300 people were surveyed between March and September for the report by Wriglesworth Research for the financial services group Foresters.

The survey found that over-65s said they had given an average of £103 in 2012, compared with £43 among the under-30s.

The under-30s were the only age group to say they would decrease their donations in 2013, by an average of 8 per cent to £39.73 per person per year. Older people said they planned to increase the amount they give by 29 per cent to an average of £133 per person.

Overall, those surveyed said they planned to increase they amount they give by 13 per cent, from an average of £69 in 2012 to £78 next year.

The survey also identified the most charitable regions in the UK. In north-east England, which has the UK’s highest employment rate, people gave an average of 0.38 per cent of their income, or £60 a year.

People in London gave the same percentage of their income, but the amount given was an average of £100 per person. 

Stephen Dilworth, UK membership director of Foresters, said: "In spite of financial insecurity and the rising cost of living, the over-65s are still the most generous and charitable age group. Youth unemployment and increasing levels of debt are no doubt to blame for the low levels of charitable giving by the under-30s and for the predicted low levels in 2013."

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