Feel­ing gen­er­ous in the south east

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It found that peo­ple in this part of the UK are very likely to con­trib­ute fre­quently to char­ity and vol­un­teer­ing, be­ing beaten only by the South West.

77% were found to have given to char­ity in the past four weeks, 55% vol­un­teer in­for­mally at least once a year while 42% for­mally vol­un­teer at least once a year.

The yearly re­port, which looks at dif­fer­ent as­pects of com­mu­nity life, also re­vealed that one in four south east­ern­ers gave up their time to vol­un­teer at least once a month.

But the re­gion was re­vealed to be one of the least friendli­est places af­ter the re­port found that just 72% of peo­ple had a monthly chat with their neigh­bours.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, Lon­don is the least friendli­est place with just 66% of peo­ple hav­ing a chat with their neigh­bours at least once a month.

The West Mid­lands came third in this cat­e­gory, scor­ing a lowly 71%, while at the other end of the scale the East Mid­lands achieved 78%.

Peo­ple also agreed that the South East was a place where peo­ple from dif­fer­ent back­ground could get on well to­gether, with 84% be­liev­ing this to be true.

The South West came out on top of the gen­eros­ity scale, find­ing that they were most likely to give to char­ity.

77% of re­spon­dents in the South West gave to char­ity at least once in the four weeks prior to com­plet­ing the ques­tion­naire.

The top three rea­sons peo­ple gave for vol­un­teer­ing was want­ing to im­prove things and help peo­ple, want­ing to meet peo­ple and make friends, and be­cause the cause was im­por­tant to them.

Vol­un­teer­ing was most com­mon in peo­ple aged between 65, along­side those classed as eco­nom­i­cally in­ac­tive.

Across the coun­try the av­er­age to­tal char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions made over a month was £22, re­main­ing the high­est since the ques­tion­naire be­gan.

Although the amount given has re­mained high, the amount of peo­ple con­tribut­ing to char­ity has dropped by 7 per­cent­age points since three years ago.

Women were 10 per­cent­age points more likely to give money to char­ity than men were.

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