People gave 12 per cent less to charity in 2011 than in the previous year, according to research commissioned by Investec Bank.
The survey asked 2,011 people how much their charitable donations had changed in percentage terms between 2010 and 2011 and found the average difference was 12 per cent lower. The average amount respondents said they gave to charity over the course of 2011 was £186.15.
Only 11 per cent of respondents said they had given more in 2011 than in 2010, while 24 per cent said they had given less. Six per cent of people who said they gave to charity in 2010 said they gave nothing in 2011.
The region with the highest proportion of people who gave to charity was London, with 85 per cent. It was also the region where people gave the highest average donation over the year at £420.20.
North-west England was the region with the lowest proportion of givers, on 73 per cent. The region with the lowest average donation per person over the year was the East Midlands, where the average donation was £82.03.