Charitable donations made by direct debit rose by 4.5 per cent to a total of £1.17bn in 2013, according to new figures released today by Bacs Payment Schemes.
Bacs, which processes direct debit payments in the UK, said in the 12 months to the end of December 2013 the total number of donations made by direct debit increased by two million to 58 million.
Since 2011, the total number of direct debit donations paid to charities has increased by four million, the figures show. This equated to a 4.5 per cent increase in the total amount donated to more than £1.1bn in 2013, Bacs said.
The figures show that education charities had the biggest year-on-year increase in the number of direct debit donations of 6.7 per cent, but this equated to a growth in value of just 0.1 per cent.
Animal charities had a 5.2 per cent increase in the number of direct debit donations between 2012 and 2013, with a similar increase in value of 4.8 per cent.
Graham Callaghan, charity sector specialist at Bacs, said: "This data again underlines the effectiveness and ease of direct debit as a method for supporting good causes."