MPs demand VAT relief for Mountain Rescue equipment

Early day motion calls for same exemption as RNLI

Thirty-three MPs have signed a parliamentary motion calling for VAT relief on emergency rescue equipment to be extended to include Mountain Rescue teams.

The emergency service, which is staffed by volunteers, has to pay about £200,000 a year in VAT and taxes on equipment used to rescue lost climbers and cavers and spends thousands more modifying other equipment to qualify for VAT relief.

The early day motion, introduced by Liberal Democrat MP Timothy Farron, who represents a Lake District constituency, says that other emergency services, such as the RNLI, do not have to pay VAT on their equipment, and called on the Government to introduce the same exemption for Mountain Rescue immediately.

The motion did not specify what type of equipment would be covered.

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