The government has agreed to give VAT relief to all charities working as part of the UK Emergency Response Service

The RNLI will soon be able to invest an

extra £2.5m each year following VAT relief announcements made today. 

Chancellor George Osborne revealed that emergency

service charities in the UK will be eligible for a VAT refund from April next

year.

As a result, the RNLI will be able to invest around an extra £2.5m that they would normally have paid as VAT, back into the charity’s

lifesaving work.

An RNLI spokesperson said: “The RNLI is

extremely grateful to the government for agreeing to give VAT relief to all

charities working as part of the UK Emergency Response Service.

“This should mean that the RNLI is no

longer paying VAT to the Government of around £2.5m each year, which instead

will be invested into keeping our coastal communities safe.

“The RNLI has worked with the Charity Tax

Group, the Association of Air Ambulances and the UK Search and Rescue

Volunteers Working Group to deliver this result, which will benefit all

emergency response charities and in turn enable more lives to be saved.

“This will also mean the RNLI will now be

on the same tax footing as their emergency service colleagues, such as the

police, the fire service and the coastguard agencies.”

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