Northern Irish give generously despite low incomes

Northern Ireland is the most generous UK region outside London when it comes to giving to charity, despite having the second lowest average annual household income.

This is one finding of consultancy nfpSynergy’s analysis of the Government’s Family Expenditure Survey, which asks 11,000 respondents from 6,000 households how much they give to charity and when.

Households in Northern Ireland that donate to charity give an average of £42 a month. The figure is second only to London households, which give £83 per month on average.

The research says that southerners are more generous than northerners, giving £46 a month to the latter group’s £24 a month. Southeners also give proportionally more, donating 1.18 per cent of income, compared with 0.49 per cent in the north. Households in London can earn incomes that are up to 60 per cent higher than parts of the north.

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