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Friday, 11 February 2011

Scots Mountain rescue teams seek VAT boost

Scottish Mountain Rescue teams are seeking their own VAT boost after news that their English and Welsh counterparts will be recompensed for the tax on their equipment purchases by the government in Westminster.

The decision announced yesterday (February 9th) by chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander does not apply to Scottish teams because they receive funding from the devolved administration in Edinburgh, the Press and Journal reports.

Nevertheless, chairman of the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland Alfie Ingram told the paper: "Our campaign on VAT will continue."

Higher value items such as Scarpa boots and climbing gear would be more affordable under such a scheme and would free up extra cash for other uses.

The campaign in England and Wales was led by a cross-party group of MPs based in Cumbria, some of whom have constituencies covering parts of the Lake District. Among these is Liberal Democrat Tim Farron, who said he was "over the moon" at the news.

Do you think the VAT break should apply to Scottish teams who get government funding?

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