Oxfam case has barely affected public trust in charities, research indicates

Research published by the Charities Aid Foundation show that the proportion of people who agree that charities are trustworthy has remained fairly constant

Recent bad publicity about Oxfam and other aid agencies has barely dented public trust in charities, according to research published today by the Charities Aid Foundation.

In a survey of 1,083 adults carried out between 13 and 19 February, the week after the first articles about Oxfam staff paying for sex in Haiti appeared, 49 per cent agreed with the statement that most charities were trustworthy. Twenty-one per cent disagreed.

"This is consistent with levels of trust in charities recorded since CAF began researching trust in May 2016," CAF said in a statement.

According to CAF's UK Giving report 2017, last year's overall figure for those who believe charities are trustworthy was 50 per cent.

CAF commissions the online polling company YouGov to conduct monthly research involving a representative sample of the UK population.

Sir John Low, chief executive of CAF, said: "One of the reasons why we think levels of trust remain high is that people in Britain are really motivated to support causes they care about and that touch their lives in some way.

"That desire to help others underpins our record as one of the most generous countries on earth and is something we always need to protect."

CAF's stable level of trust for charities contrasts slightly with recent data released by the research consultancy nfpSynergy.

It published figures in January, based on surveys of a representative sample of 1,000 people in Britain, showing that the proportion of people who trusted charities "a great deal" or "quite a lot" had fallen from 64 per cent in February last year to 60 per cent in November.

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