Are the British People Becoming less Charitable?


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Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, speaking on BBC Radio West Midlands on the 25th July 2013. Oxfam claims that its Syrian appeal is undersubscribed. Sean Gabb comments as follows:

1. The problem is less with the meanness of the British public than with Oxfam.

2. Oxfam receives between a quarter and a third of its budget from the taxpayers. Much of its budget is spent on highly political campaigns about climate change and in favour of socialist economic policies. Its chief executive is paid a six-figure salary.

3. No wonder fewer people are giving to such an organisation. The world might be a better place if no one ever gave to it.

Further Note

In 2010, Oxfam, Registered Charity no.202918, had a budget of £318m. According to the Fake Charities website,

Oxfam’s latest accounts are for the 11 months to March 31, 2010. In the reported income from government they include income from other organisations, such as other members of Oxfam International, so the total here is less than the total in their accounts. The biggest identified government sources include the Department for International Development (DFID):

  • European Union: £42.5 million
  • United Nations: £13.4 million
  • Non-UK governments: £16 million
  • UK Government (mostly DFID): £11.9 million —
  • Total: £83.8 (26% of all income)
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5 responses to “Are the British People Becoming less Charitable?

  1. Nick diPerna

    Brilliant. And there’s the zillions of small ones who leech off the taxpayer and pay themselves handsomely.

    I prefer the American term ‘non-profit’ because the word ‘charity’ implies benevolence.

  2. I give to charities of my choice – to do with animals, services or lifeboats.

  3. If we had a decent society, there would be no need for charities. I remember a biblical story from school where an old woman was laughed at by rich people for only giving a groat or whatever. What she gave was half her income. This also happens in this country. Take the BBC’s annual charity bash (Comic Relief / Children in Need) The only people giving to it are all the poorest people in the country. The rich give too but far less of their income is given. If we all paid our fair share in taxes then we could wipe out charities and maybe I might not get a concerned phone call from Children in Need when I cancel the wife’s £5 a month donation! You are paying for someone to man a call centre to chase up slackers. Disgusting.

  4. I thought just the same thing myself when I heard those reports.

    If anyone cars to take a look here: http://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/

    Anyone who thinks Oxfam is just about famine relief ought to take a close look.

    They will see that most of these campaigns are indeed fundamentally socialist in content, and will empower state bureaucracies at the expense of individuals. Which is no doubt why the organisation gets so much taxpayer funding from the state.

    Personally I have not donated anything to them for some time for exactly the reasons you indicate.

  5. C H Ingoldby

    I also wonder if the ‘undersubscription;’ of the Syria appeal has anything to do with Syrians seemingly universal hatred of the West and everything it stands for. When all Syrians, on all sides, blame us for all their self inflicted problems and then turn around and demand that we bail them out I think quite a few people may be feeling less than responsive.