Devon Air Ambulance Trust were pleased to hear that the Chancellor George Osborne today announced as part of his Autumn Statement that charities who work as part of the Emergency Response Services would receive VAT relief. At the same time he also announced there would be a further £7.5 million pot of money in support of Air Ambulance charities across the UK.
Heléna Holt, Chief Executive of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said “We were delighted to hear the news which will really make a difference to all Air Ambulance charities in the UK. It means that every penny donated by our fantastic supporters will go that bit further which is a win win for all concerned.”
She added “As part of the Association of Air Ambulances we and our fellow members, together with and The All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances (APPGAA) have been lobbying hard to bring in VAT reductions for charity funded Air Ambulances. The first success was securing VAT back on fuel used by our services. This is a second success for the industry as a whole.”
George Osborne also announced a further allocation of £7.5 million extra support for air ambulance charities across the UK. Allocation of £1 million has gone to Great Western Air Ambulance and a further £1.5 million to Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. The Charity will now be looking at ways that they can also apply for some of the remaining £5 million.
Provided by the Association of Air Ambulances:
- VAT saving of approximately £10 million over the next five years enabling further investment in life-saving work.
- The estimated saving of £10 million over the next 5 years equates to 800 more patients per year being treated potentially saving lives and improving patient outcomes.*
- The announcement sees not only a financial saving but also a relief of the administrative burden, allowing charities to recover all VAT and being able to treat all expenses equally across its operation. The use of trading companies and complex systems will no longer be required as a result of VAT relief.
- There are 20 Air Ambulance Charities and 10 Ambulance Services serving the UK.
- On average, an emergency air ambulance takes off every 10 minutes in the UK, flying 365 days a year. Put another way, during every hour of everyday 7 Air Ambulances are attending incidents of various types including medical trauma.
- AAA and AAAPPG Website for further information: www.aoaa.org.uk