Credit crunch 'means donors will give less'

Nearly half of individual donors say they will give less money to charity over the coming year because of the credit crunch, according to a new YouGov poll.

The internet-based polling organisation asked 1,962 people about their charity habits. Forty-nine per cent agreed that they would probably give less if the credit crunch continued; 15 per cent said they would not.

Donors in Scotland are the least likely to change their giving habits during lean times: 21 per cent said they would not give less. Those most likely to cut their donations live in the midlands, Wales and the north of England.

The poll was commissioned by the second-hand shop Cash Converters, which has pledged to donate all the profits from an auction of selected goods brought into its shops to children's charity Dreams Come True. The auction is being held online between 8 and 17 October.

The survey also found that 29 per cent of respondents have more than £500 worth of unwanted household items at home.

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