End to VAT on Air Ambulance fuel helps benenden health’s local charity of the year
24th March 2014
In last week’s Budget speech, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne, announced that a VAT duty on fuel bought by Air Ambulances across the country - including benenden health’s local charity of the year, Yorkshire Air Ambulance - would be lifted.
This follows a two year campaign led by local campaigner Ken Sharpe, father of benenden health employee Vanessa Sharpe, who secured over 100,000 signatories to a petition - leading to a House of Commons debate.
The news was welcomed by Yorkshire Air Ambulance, benenden health’s local charity of the year - and their chairman, Peter Sutherland. Read what he has to say here.
York Central MP, Hugh Bayley, one of the leaders of the campaign in the House of Commons, said: “I congratulate Ken Sharpe, from York, who raised more than 100,000 signatures on a petition to call on the government to remove VAT from the fuel used by air ambulance charities. I got a debate in the Commons on this and got the Treasury to agree to look into the problem. I kept writing to them after the debate and I am very pleased that have now agreed to help air ambulances with their fuel bills."
Find out more about the work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.