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3,800 signatures support fuel rebate for Yorkshire Air Ambalance

Air Ambulance

12:33am 20th February 2012
(Updated 6:43pm 20th February 2012)

Just 6 days after launching an e-petition that calls on the Government to refund to Air Ambulances all the VAT which they pay on the fuel they use, York resident, Ken Sharpe, has collected 3,800 signatures. 

He will present York Central MP, Hugh Bayley, with a copy of the petition on Monday 20th February 2012.

Mr. Bayley has promised to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, in advance of the Budget speech on 21st March to ask the Government to refund VAT on fuel to Air Ambulance Services. 

Special provision is already made in the EU VAT Directive for the zero-rating of fuel for use by the Lifeboat Service, which provides an essential rescue service;  but no provision is made for the Air Ambulance Service, which provides life-saving rapid response emergency service to millions of people every year. 

EU legislation does not allow individual countries like the UK to unilaterally extend zero rates of VAT to charities or rescue services. 

Hugh Bayley tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons calling on the Government to return, in the form of grants to Air Ambulance Service providers, all the VAT on fuel which the Treasury collects from them.  His motion has attracted strong all party support. 

Hugh Bayley MP says:

“The Yorkshire Air Ambulance needs donations from the public to keep both its helicopters in the air and saving lives.  Their paramedics are highly skilled, with navigational skills as well as healthcare and medical qualifications.  They are responsible for the safety of their aircrew as well as their patients.  They provide a valuable service for people in our region and save many lives. I hope the Chancellor will agree to return the VAT which they pay, so that the Air Ambulance Services receive the same benefit as the Lifeboat Service. ”

Anybody wishing to add their signature to Ken Sharpe’s petition should go to the Government e-petition website  http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/29349  or the website that Ken Sharpe has set up   www.airambulancepetition.moonfruit.com

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