THE UK’s top earners are giving less money to charity than they did ten years ago.
The Charity Commission, which keeps a check on charities in the UK, says that charities, and those they support, face a “crisis” because of the drop in donations.
Between 2011 and 2019, the top 1% of earners saw the amount of money they earned go up, but the amount they gave to charity went down. Although as a whole this group gave between £2 billion and £3 billion to good causes, eight out of ten of the highest earners “are not contributing meaningfully to that figure,” says Orlando Fraser from the Charity Commission.
He said that, although some rich people in the UK did give their time and money to charity, it sometimes made others feel uncomfortable, often because it was a reminder of the difference between the rich and poor.
Fraser warned this attitude must change to stop charities running out of money. He added that the highest earners in the US, Canada and New Zealand give far more to charity than the UK’s super-rich