Charities

Fewer people donating more to charity

Kevin Peachey

Personal finance reporter

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Fewer people in the UK are giving money regularly to charity, according to support agency the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).

However, those who do are donating larger sums, its annual survey has concluded.

The CAF said that the reduction in donors - for a third year in a row - was "a worrying direction". Its study suggested that 65% of the UK public gave money regularly in 2018, down from 69% in 2016.

A slight reduction in trust, possible owing to scandals surrounding some of the largest charities, could have been one reason for the slight fall.

Yet the total of £10.1bn donated in 2018 was similar to the previous year, showing that those who were giving money were donating larger sums.

The study was based on 12,000 respondents.

Job loss warning as rape charity loses funding fight

BBC Tees

A rape crisis charity is appealing for help after the Government's decision not to reconsider its funding cut.

In March, it rejected EVA Women’s Aid latest bid for central government funding.

The charity provides sexual violence support services and counselling to women and young people across Teesside.

Redcar Labour MP Anna Turley asked for the issue to be looked at again, but the Justice Minister said that will not happen.

Richinda Taylor, EVA Women's Aid chief executive, warned five people could be made redundant.

Moral Purity

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