Axe VAT on fuel for chopper call

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SOUTH Yorkshire MPs are calling for air ambulances to be made exempt from paying VAT on fuel.

Politicians John Healey and Kevin Barron, who represent Wentworth and Dearne and Rother Valley, have both signed a House of Commons Early Day Motion which asks for the Government to make them ineligible for the tax and refund what is being paid at present.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which covers South Yorkshire, is one of 20 air ambulance service independent charities in the UK and provides a service to five million people across the region.

Last year the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which costs £7,000 per day to keep flying, purchased around 170,000 litres of fuel and incurred £5,799.06 in VAT costs.

Mr Healey said: “It would be an enormous help to them.”