The proportion of people who said they trusted charities has fallen by 10 percentage points over the past year, figures from the consultancy nfpSynergy have shown.
A survey of 1,000 people showed that 56 per cent of respondents said they trusted charities "quite a lot" or "a great deal", down from 66 per cent in 2013. It is the second lowest figure since July 2007 and means that charities fall to seventh on the list of most trusted institutions, behind small businesses and the royal family for the first time.
Armed forces, trusted by 70 per cent of people, remained top of the poll. Political parties were bottom on 12 per cent.