This paper investigates whether regional patterns of uneven charity distribution occur at a local neighbourhood level. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative evidence of charitable resources in two case study areas, one affluent and one deprived, it argues that there is a clear distinction
between the case study areas. Charities in the affluent area are more numerous, run by volunteers, and meet a broad range of social, community and cultural needs of the community. Charities in the deprived area are less numerous, meet urgent needs related to deprivation, and are more likely
to be larger charities run by professionals with statutory funding. The paper concludes with questions as to how the area of deprivation’s charitable resources will be affected by austerity measures and the coalition government’s Big Society agenda.
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