Thousands of pounds paid straight into Treasury coffers in the form of VAT by the Air Ambulance service in the region should instead be kept to support its vital emergency work says Trevor Colman, one of the region’s UKIP MEPs.
Mr Colman is urging people to sign an online petition calling on the Government to change its rules on VAT, since “unlike many other charities, our mercy service has to pay VAT on fuel
“The air ambulance in the South West costs more than £4.5million a year to run and receives no financial aid from the Government. That other wonderful and life-saving charity, the Royal Lifeboat Institution, has been spared VAT on its fuel since 1977.
The Air Ambulance service is a tremendously important a live-saving one, particularly in our South West region which is not always the most accessible by road, so please do sign the online petition at: https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/29349
If 100,000 people sign this petition the matter could be debated in Parliament.UPDATE (29/03)
: The number of signatories to the petition has exceeded the 100,000 threshold. MEP Colman has issued a note of thanks
: The number of signatories is now more than 130,000! Excellent.
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