/ Exempt our Mountain Rescue services from VAT
Chris Davies MEP is working with Tim Farron MP to try and persuade the EU and the Government to exempt Mountain Rescue services from VAT. The work our volunteer Mountain Rescue Teams do should be supported by the Government. Exempting Mountain Rescue from VAT would make sure that the donations given by the public all go towards preserving and enhancing this life saving service.
If they have to pay VAT there is something wrong, or I miss something (probably both).
Done, and posted on Facebook.
What do Mountain Rescue currently pay VAT on?
> What do Mountain Rescue currently pay VAT on?
We've been here before, haven't we?
But like a rebel army nothing can stop a popular campaign.
So if I read this right...
Section 2.1: the items purchased must be "qualifying"
Section 4.1: defines "qualifying"
Section 4.8: the relevant amount of "qualifying" for SAR services - it looks quite narrow in scope!
My understanding in a nutshell:
This was campaigned for in 2011 and exemption on qualifying goods was applied for. Danny Alexander gave a concession of £200k across all Rescue Teams which amounts to around 2.5k per team - which I understand doesn't cover the actual total VAT paid.
The RNLI have been given an exemption at EU level for all their VAT on equipment and fuel, as I understand have the Air Ambulance on their fuel supplies. Therefore the point is that Mountain Rescue teams VAT exemption should be brought in line with similar rescue services.
Well that's over 100 in the 90 minutes... Keep that up and there'll have 1000 by bedtime.
Stop quibbling folks. MRTs save the government millions evey year by providing a volunteer service that would otherwise have to be provided atpublic expense. The least the govt can do is stop charging the volunteers for the priviledge of saving our lives.
That and most public bodies are exempt.
I believe that drinks in military bars (and the Houses of Parliament?) are tax free :P
Done and put up on FB
I've just had an email from Chris' office to thank us for all the support from UKC and the traction it's gained so far. Keep it up!
Signed and FB'd.....
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