MP helps rescue charities get grant for VAT
Suffolk Accident Rescue Service will be among the charities to benefit from a £100,000 fund to cover VAT they cannot claim back.
The Department of Health and Social Care is making the cash available to the charities for things VAT exemption did not extend to, such as buying rapid response vehicles.VAT can be recovered on ambulances or vehicles used to transport the elderly.
The scheme, which comes into force this week, was included in the 2017 Autumn Budget after Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill and SARS Trustee Harry Richardson made the case to the Treasury.
Mrs Churchill said: "This small yet significant change will make a real difference in supporting accident rescue charities, like SARS, to continue their incredible work."
Mr Richardson said: "We are delighted the government have taken this important step in recognising the enormous value of accident rescue charities such as SARS.
"But none of this would have been achieved without Jo's help in leading this campaign in parliament. We are hugely grateful to her."