More than half of people would not give more to charity if they paid less income tax, survey finds

Poll by the fundraising shopping site easyfundraising.org.uk cites increased cost of living, public sector cuts and changes to family benefits

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The majority of people would not give more to charity if the government cut income tax, a new survey indicates.

Research carried out by the fundraising shopping website easyfundraising.org.uk showed that 53 per cent of the 400 people polled said they would not donate more to good causes if the government reduced income tax.

The remaining 47 per cent said they would give more to charity if the government cut income tax.

Respondents were either people on easyfundraising.org.uk’s database who were contacted via email or visitors to the website.

Easyfunding.org.uk attributed the results of the survey to the increased cost of living resulting from rising utility, food and petrol prices.

Gary Thompson, managing director of easyfundraising.org.uk, said income tax was an "annoyance to many of us" but that he was surprised to discover that more than half of those surveyed would not give more to charity if the tax was cut.

"As a result of the increasing cost of living in Britain, many are facing a difficult time financially, and the coalition government’s public sector cuts and changes to family benefits are clearly having a growing impact on our finances and ability to support charitable causes," he said.

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