Cornwall Air Ambulance Welcomes Chancellor’s VAT Decision

Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance

The Cornwall Air Ambulance is welcoming the Chancellor’s decision to offer VAT relief for the service.

Spokesman for the Newquay-based charity Tom Matthews, who used to live on Bryher, says the move brings air ambulances into line with other rescue charities such as the RNLI, who already receive similar exemptions.

In 2013, around 10% of their 800 or so rescue missions came to Scilly.

Tom says they’re delighted at the announcement of VAT relief for air ambulance charities, adding it’s “a fantastic early Christmas present to our supporters.”

But Tom says the “devil is in the detail” and they won’t be able to say with any certainty exactly what impact this will have on them until that information is revealed by the government.

Around £80,000 could be saved in VAT payments from next April and that means donors’ money goes where it is most needed, to keep the Air Ambulance flying.

The funds raised in Scilly in 2012 exceeded £23,000.

Scilly’s joint agents are Jan and Sam Guy, who oversee the fundraising. Last night Sam also welcomed the decision.