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Call for VAT to be repaid on air ambulance fuel

Filed under: Air Ambulance Costs and Fundraising — Posted by: Mark on February 14, 2012

The Government should be repaying air ambulance charities the VAT they are charged on the fuel used to carry out their life saving work, according to a York politician.

The call has come from York Central MP Hugh Bayley, who has tabled a House of Commons early day motion. It has proved immediately popular to all parties, with MPs from all sides of the House backing the motion.

Many have also been voicing their support within their constituencies, remarking on the excellent work that such charities complete day in and day out in their area.

The requests asks that emergency air ambulance charities receive the same provision as the lifeboat service. However, this ruling is handed down from the EU, and present European laws do not allow any extensions to be put in place for other rescue services in member states.

All air ambulance services in the UK are run by charities, and operate purely on donations and private funding.

Such a move would see thousands of pounds being saved in costs each year for each of the 20 plus services. Reimbursing this money could be put toward providing other facilities in their life saving services.

Though no exact figures exist, it is widely believed that the work of air ambulances across the UK save the Government millions of pounds each year.

The motion is likely to be heard over the next few weeks, with its supporters wanting action taking as soon as possible, particularly with ever rising fuel prices and the increase in VAT at the start of last year.

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