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Charity begins at home

The announcement that donations to Oxfam have suffered a fall of around 12% this year is bad news for the charity sector but in many ways inevitable. As the UK recession continues to bite, more and more of the UK population are taking on the philosophy that "Charity begins at home". However, a significant reduction in charitable donations will have a knock-on effect to many local communities as the work carried out by the likes of Oxfam, and the thousands of other charities in the UK, will be severely curtailed.

For many years now there has been a general criticism of the UK government, with various tax breaks and funding initiatives withdrawn over time. However, in the boom times there were plentiful charitable donations from the UK public but now that the recession has hit home and more and more people are on the verge of financial oblivion, charitable donations have all but dried up. When you consider the likes of Oxfam, perhaps one of the best-known charities in the UK, is struggling it does not bode well for the future of other charities in the UK.

Unfortunately, it appears inevitable that we will see a consolidation of the UK charity sector at a time when the UK population needs their assistance more than ever.

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