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Mans campaign to help stop VAT on Air Ambulance Fuel bills... Can he get 100,000 signatures?

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Ken Sharpe, of York has started an e-petition to help stop VAT on Air Ambulance Fuel bills

When attending a fund raiser in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity last summer, it was brought to his attention that all 18 air ambulances in the UK have to pay VAT on their fuel bills unlike the RNLI who get an exemption. Here is a charity that is giving an essential free service and they have to pay vat on their fuel bills - the biggest cost to them after buying the helicopter!

Amazed that this was the case, he started to research the issue and found that it would require a change in the VAT rules as these are governed by the EU. His local MEP, suggested that as finance budgets were being debated in Brussels he should try and get the government to request the exemption for Air Ambulance charities. His letter to the treasury fell on deaf ears.
However Ken persevered and once again contacted his MP and asked him to table an Early Day Motion EDM 2709, which happened on the 9th February, 2012. By the 10th February this had been signed by 14 MP's from across all parties.

An e-petition went live on the 10th of February, 2012 and in that time has had over 13,000 signatures, however for the government to make time for a full debate on the issue, it needs 100,000 signatures... As Ken says "Then hopefully common sense will prevail and something will be done to change this ridiculous situation".
See and sign the e-petition here:

For more details on the campaign or to talk to Ken Sharpe please contact him - [email protected]

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