Women a fifth more likely to give than men

Women are 20 per cent more likely than men to support charities or good causes, according to research from the Newspaper Society.

The research discovered that 51 per cent of men support charities or good causes compared with 62 per cent of women, the society's Local Matters study found.  

Despite not giving to charity as frequently as women, men are 14 per cent more likely than women to spend time doing things in and for their local communities.

The UK-wide survey showed that people in Scotland, the west country, the south east and the midlands are jointly the most likely to give to charity (59 per cent). The lowest-scoring region was the north east and the borders where 52 per cent of people support charities.    

The survey also found that a third of respondents turn to their local newspaper first for information on charities. The next most used source is national newspapers and their websites, which one fifth go to first.

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