Poll indicates that most people would not include charities in their wills

Respondents would rather leave money to friends or family, according to survey conducted before Budget announcement of inheritance tax break

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Nearly three-quarters of people would not leave money to charity, a survey suggests.

A poll of more than 1,000 adults, commissioned by the finance company Standard Life and carried out by ICM Research, showed that 71 per cent of respondents would not include charities in their wills.

The research was carried out before the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced a 10 per cent inheritance tax break for people who leave 10 per cent or more of their estates to charity.

It found that 43 per cent of respondents said they would rather leave their estates to friends and families than to charity. Twenty-seven per cent said they could not afford to leave gifts to charity and 10 per cent thought they gave enough to charity during their lifetimes.

Julie Hutchinson, head of estate planning at Standard Life, said the inheritance tax decision might mean that people were able to leave more of their estates to their families by leaving some of it to charity.

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