FUNDRAISING NEWS: Official - the Scottish aren't tight

The Scottish reputation for being over-careful with money has been challenged by new research that shows that households in Scotland are more likely to give to charity than those in England and Wales.

Research from the Charities Aid Foundation has shown that 30.5 per cent of households in Scotland currently give to charity compared with 28.7 per cent in England and 26.8 per cent in Wales.

However, the study also showed that although Scottish households give more often, the average donation is only £4.93 compared with £5.93 in England and £6.87 in Northern Ireland (see table).

The Northern Irish remain the most generous givers in the UK, with 51.6 per cent of households regularly donating to good causes.

Catherine Walker, head of research at CAF, said that the study seemed to highlight that there was a different culture of giving in Scotland than in other parts of the UK. "Our research indicated that although the Scottish tend to respond more impulsively to individual appeals, there is still the feeling that the Government should be providing a lot of the services that charities are fundraising for," she said.

"Also, although they appear to be more spontaneous givers, the Scottish still aren't exploiting the full potential of planned giving," she continued.

"We've calculated that the nation could save an extra £60 million a year if they used Gift Aid properly."

Walker said that as payroll-giving levels are actually higher in Scotland than England and Wales, it seems that the Scottish were not averse to planned giving.

"Scots are traditionally perceived as being very canny with their money, but this isn't reflected in their poor use of Gift Aid," she said. "More has to be done by Scottish charities to make donors aware of this mechanism."

The research was launched by CAF at its 'Enterprising Charity' conference in Glasgow earlier this month.

- See Cartoon, p17.

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