Public split on Oxfam’s public funding – Sky poll

Britons are fairly evenly divided over whether the Government should stop funding Oxfam, a Sky Data poll has revealed.

Beyond the scandal-hit charity, there is a similar split as to whether foreign aid charities in general can be trusted.

Just over half – 54% – think the Government should continue to provide funding to Oxfam, while 46% think that funding should be stopped.

Asked about foreign aid charities in general, 53% said they were trustworthy, while 47% said they were untrustworthy.

But more than one in five – 22% – said they were very untrustworthy.

Some 25% said they were fairly untrustworthy, 44% that they were fairly trustworthy, and 9% that they were very trustworthy.

Oxfam

Image: Oxfam is at the centre of a scandal over the use of prostitutes

Allegations emerged last week that Oxfam staff had used prostitutes in Haiti in 2010.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has said Oxfam risks losing Government funding worth £32m if it does not account for the way it handled accusations of misbehaviour.

Oxfam’s deputy chief executive, Penny Lawrence, has since resigned, saying she took “full responsibility” for the behaviour of the charity’s staff.

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Sky Data interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,055 Sky customers by SMS on 12 February 2018. Data are weighted to the profile of the population.

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