Mark Williams welcomes VAT relief announcement for Search and Rescue charities in Autumn Statement

Ceredigion’s Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has welcomed the announcement in today’s Autumn Statement of a VAT Refund Scheme for Search and Rescue and Air Ambulance Charities.

This scheme will mean that from April 2015 search and rescue and air ambulance charities will be eligible to apply for a VAT refund.  In Wales the VAT refund scheme will be available to at least 15 search and rescue charities, and air ambulance charities that serve Wales.  Lifeboat charities in Wales will also benefit from this refund scheme. 

Commenting on the announcement, Mark Williams said;

‘This is very good news for the fantastic charities who work so hard to keep safe those who are visiting or live in our mountains and coastlines in Wales.  This is something the Welsh Liberal Democrats have been campaigning on, and I am delighted we are now delivering it in Government.

‘In Ceredigion we well know following the severing flooding our county has been subject too over the past few years, that these charities provide an essential service – with many volunteers carrying out lifesaving work in adverse conditions.  I am very pleased the charities can now benefit from this boost to their finances in order to continue serving our communities so well.’

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