The survey found that 43% of people at risk of social exclusion volunteered at least once a month, which is not significantly different from the 2003 figures.
In the four weeks prior to the interview, 78% of people gave money to charity, which is higher than the 76% figure in 2003.The average amount of money given to charity at this time was �15.
The Home Office also reported that 8% of people have been involved in local decision-making by being a member of a group during the last year and 2% take on a more formal role, such as a local councillor, school governor, special police constable or magistrate. Of these two groups, nearly a third are involved at least once a month.
It revealed that 39% of people feel they can influence decisions in their local area and 22% of people feel they can influence decisions at the national level, which shows a significant increase from the figure of 19% in 2003.