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VAT on Fuel Petition

Added on: 10 April 2012

We wanted to tell you about the following:

York Central MP, Hugh Bayley, has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons that calls on the Government to refund to Air Ambulances all the VAT which they pay on the fuel they use. His Early Day Motion has received all party support.

Special provision is made in the EU VAT Directive for the zero-rating of fuel for use by the Lifeboat Service, which provides an essential rescue service often in extremely difficult conditions; but no provision is made for the Air Ambulance Service’s, 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 other charities or rescue services. Hugh Bayley is therefore calling on the government to return in the form of grants to Air Ambulance Services providers all the VAT which the Treasury collects from them.

We are hoping our Devon MPs will also support this Early Day Motion.

If you would like to do your bit to support this please sign the epetition that has been set up http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/29349   

If you would like to read the full press release issued by the Honourable Hugh Bayley, you can read it here on the Yorkshire Air Ambulance website - http://www.yorkshireairambulance.org.uk/news/news.php?item=140

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