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Third of Britons shun donations

More than a third of Britons do not donate money to humanitarian aid causes on an annual basis, according to a new report.

The research found people from France, Belgium and Germany are all more likely to give cash following a natural disaster.

The earthquake in Haiti topped the list of the events deemed worthy of aid in recent years, with floods in Pakistan, wildfires in Australia and the earthquake in New Zealand falling way behind.

Just one in seven Britons gives more than £50 a year, while 30% are put off from donating because of concern about where and how their money would be spent.

Nicholas Rutherford, director of the global humanitarian aid event AidEx, which commissioned the research, said: "These are worrying yet unsurprising findings.

"There has always been a certain level of scepticism around the delivery of aid following humanitarian crises but this has not often been directly linked to actual donations, or indeed lack of them.

"It's not an easy issue to address as with every high-profile disaster comes speculation over how money is being spent, but steps are certainly being taken to achieve greater transparency in the sector."

The survey was carried out by YouGov and involved over 2,000 UK adults and more than 3,000 from France, Germany and Belgium.

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