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20.4 million people volunteer - Home Office reveals

05 December 2005

Early findings from the Home Office Citizenship Survey 2005 reveal that 20.4 million people volunteer

Half of all people in England have volunteered (formally or informally) at least once a month, early findings from the Home Office Citizenship Survey 2005 show.

This translates to 20.4 million people, a significant increase from 2001, which saw a figure of 47% and 18.8 million people volunteering.

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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.