A Centre for Social Justice study shows charities concentrated in prosperous areas, with 'voluntary cold spots' in deprived regions. TSRC Deputy Director John Mohan gives more detail in the Guardian...

"Much is expected of charities these days as the state safety net retreats. But charitable resources are not equally distributed geographically and are frequently least available where social problems are most severe – a situation we might call 'philanthropic insufficiency'.

Recently, the Centre for Social Justice identified "voluntary cold spots", pointing to ninefold variations between local authorities in England in the distribution of charities. It argues that the apparently limited charitable presence in some communities (Port Clarence on Teesside, and Camborne, Cornwall) meant that social action here was confined to "the dysfunctional state". If so what can be done?..."

       - Read John Mohan's Guardian article in full