More will cut out food than donations

Households will reduce large expenditure first, survey finds

People are less likely to cut back on giving to charity in the coming year than on eating out, clothes or weekly food shopping, according to the latest survey from think tank nfpSynergy.

Thirty-four per cent of respondents said they would either 'definitely' or 'probably' cut back on giving to charity in the next 12 months, but 64 per cent said they would cut back on eating out, 60 per cent would buy less clothing and 52 per cent would spend less on the weekly food shop.

NfpSynergy researcher Jonathan Baker said: "This could be because donating to charity takes up a relatively small amount of someone's budget, so people do not envisage making large savings from this area."

The survey asked 1,000 people to rate how likely they were to reduce their outgoings in seven areas of household expenditure.

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