Pensioners more generous than young
Over-65s donate 0.49% of their annual income to charity, around £103, while under 30s give 0.24% or £43, according to a survey by the financial services group Foresters.
Retirees predicted they would donate £30 more next year, but younger people said they would decrease their donations by around £4.
Overall, the UK is set to increase charitable donations from an average of £69 to £78, the study among 3,300 people found.
The North East and London are the most charitable regions in the UK, giving 0.38% of their annual income to charity.
The North East, which has the lowest salaries and the UK's highest unemployment rate, gave £60 while London, which has the second highest salaries, gave £100.
People in the West Midlands and Yorkshire gave the smallest percentage of their salary, 0.26%, closely followed by the East with 0.27%.
Mr Dilworth said: "While London has often been seen as one of the most charitable regions, it is surprising to see that the North East, a region with the highest unemployment rate and closely associated with the austerity cuts, is in fact one of the most charitable regions in the UK.
"Although this has been a difficult year financially for most of the country, there is a great deal of optimism for 2013, with donations set to increase by 13%."
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