Friday, April 6, 2012
Supporters of the Devon Air Ambulance are campaigning to ensure that the charity is exempt from VAT on fuel.
So far, an online Downing Street petition has garnered 82,610 signatures – if the figure reaches 100,000, then Parliament has to debate the issue.
Supporters say that the RNLI has been exempt from VAT on fuel costs since 1977.
But a similar privilege has not been afforded to the Air Ambulance Service, despite it saving hundreds of lives every year.
Ken Sharpe, who started the campaign, said: “The Air Ambulance Service is forced to meet rising fuel prices year on year including VAT.
“The Air Ambulance Service has saved successive Governments millions and millions of pounds funded by charitable donations given by the general public to run what has proven to be an essential service.
“We call on the Government to have an urgent review of this situation and, in doing so, we call on the Government to return in the form of grants to Air Ambulance Service providers all the future VAT which the Treasury collects from them so that the Air Ambulance Service is in practice exempt from paying VAT in the same way as the RNLI.”
To add your name go to http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/29349