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Prince William’s support sees Search and Rescue charities given help in Autumn Statement

Search and Rescue & air ambulance charities are to get VAT refunds and money from the UK government following campaigns from The Duke of Cambridge.


The British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne, has announce in today’s Autumn Statement that these charities will get VAT cuts next year. Additionally, £7.5 million of extra funding will be given to the air ambulances. The announcement means that all of the Search & Rescue and air ambulance charities in the UK will be able to apply for VAT refunds on all their search and rescue activities in mid-2015.

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, told Members of Parliament a couple of years ago that Prince William had asked that the government do more to support the services. The Duke, who was a helicopter pilot at RAF Valley in Anglesey until 2013, was said to be angered about the pressure put on the air & rescue services.

The soon-to-be father of two is to start training with the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service and will start with the organisation early Spring next year, and so EAAS will reap the benefits of the statement. William will be donating his entire salary from the role to charity.


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