Oxfam has recorded a 15 per cent decrease in donations to its charity shops in 2009 an additional three per cent drop on the previous year.
The charity believes the 2009 figure and 2008s 12 per cent drop are proof that the end of the UK recession is not close.
Recent bad weather, which hit at a crucial time for donations, has also stopped people from donating.
Oxfam director of trading David McCullough said: Over the past eighteen months, people have been buying less, replacing less and therefore donating less to Oxfam. Now sales are apparently on the increase, we can only wait to see if this is reflected by an increase in donations to our shops.
However, Association of Charity Shops head of policy and public affairs David Moir said this was not the case for all charity shops. He explained: Some areas where charity shops are located have a very loyal donor base which give to the shops regardless and so they are bearing up. But it is true that many are under real pressure caused by the recession, which really has taken its toll.
At the same time, however, sales of Oxfams donated goods are up five per cent year on year even though footfall on the high street in general over December was also significantly down.