The Government has published its annual Community Life survey that measures volunteering rates and giving to charities. 


This year’s survey found volunteering rates are virtually unchanged from the previous year. 


The survey found that 27 per cent of adults took part in formal volunteering activities at least once a month in 2014/15, the same figure as in 2013/14. 


It found 42 per cent of respondents took part in formal volunteering once a year in 2014/15, an increase of one percentage point on 2013/14.


The survey also asks how much people had given to charity in the four weeks before the interview. 


It found that they had given on average £22, up from £21 last year.


The survey is based on interviews with 2000 people.