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Rich give least to the needy

Issue No. 1799

THE RICHEST people in Britain give less of their wealth to charity than those receiving state benefits do. A study by the Institute for Public Policy Research, A Bit Rich, found that the top 20 percent of households in Britain give less than 1 percent of their income to charity.

The bottom 10 percent, who include the unemployed, large numbers of pensioners and low paid workers, give 3 percent of their income. One of the men in the richest 2 percent told researchers, 'I don't consider myself to be well off.

'We've got our eye on a house worth £1.4 million. When I look at other dads at school I'm probably in the middle.' But the government is still looking to charity handouts from the rich to make up for shortfalls in education.

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Sat 11 May 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1799
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