2 in 3 British Sikhs donate money to charity each month
Report reveals data about general election voting intentions, attitudes towards policing, and the impact of the costs of living crisis on Sikhs
London, UK – 16th January 2024:
A report is being launched today which shows the level of donations that Sikhs make to charity each month, along with how Sikhs are intending to vote in the next general election. It is also looking at the costs of living crisis, and attitudes towards policing.
The tenth annual British Sikh Report (BSR) is the only robust strategic document of its kind. Based on the results of a survey of 1,500 Sikhs throughout the country, it aims to provide quantitative data about the British Sikh community at large.
Some of the key findings from this year’s report include:
Voting Intentions in a General Election
- 43% Labour
- 20% Conservatives
- 4% Lib Dem
- 4% Green
- 1% Women’s Equality Party
Costs of Living Crisis
- 60% of Sikhs aged 50 or above have provided financial help to their adult children over the past year
- 52% of Sikhs aged 35 to 49 have found it difficult or very difficult to pay their household bills in the past year compared to previous years
Donations to charity
- 66% of Sikhs donate money to the Gurdwara each month, and 63% donate to other charities or organisations each month
- 58% of Sikh females and 49% of Sikh males consider the Police to be institutionally racist
- 54% of Sikhs do not believe the Police understand issues affecting the Sikh community
- 80% of Sikhs would like to see more engagement between the Sikh community and local police
Jasvir Singh CBE, chair of the British Sikh Report, said “This tenth edition of the British Sikh Report provides us with fascinating data about the Sikh community. Despite the continuing impact of the costs of living crisis, British Sikhs are still showing their generosity with 2 in 3 donating each month to charity. Our research also shows that Sikhs are over twice as likely to vote Labour than Conservative at the next general election.”
Other areas looked at within the report include caring for older people and children, neurodiversity, Sikh representation in wider society, and issues affecting the Indian State of Punjab.
Jagdev Singh Virdee, the statistician and editor of the report, said: “We are extremely grateful to the Office for National Statistics for putting together an article that summarises statistics about Sikhs from the 2021 Census of Population of England and Wales. Another article by Professor Jagbir Jhutti-Johal summarises the huge range of issues that BSR has covered in the past 10 years, stimulating discussion and debate about topics that are often taboo and not talked about”.
The British Sikh Report 2023 will officially be launched at Parliament at 6pm on the evening of 16th January 2024.