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Scottish Mountain Rescue teams pledge renewed VAT fight

Posted 10 February 2011
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Scottish Mountain Rescue teams pledge renewed VAT fight
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Mountain Rescue teams in Scotland have pledged to continue their fight for a refund of VAT on equipment after their English and Welsh counterparts secured a compensation fund from the government in Westminster.

Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander granted the measure yesterday (February 9th), but this does not apply in Scotland because the 26 teams share £300,000 in central funding per year from the Scottish government, the Press and Journal reports.

However, chairman of the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland Alfie Ingram said: "Our campaign on VAT will continue."

Success would mean more teams having grater resources due to the reduced cost of buying walking boots, climbing ropes and other gear for their missions.

The English campaign was led by a group of Cumbrian MPs from all three parties, including keen walkers Rory Stewart (Conservative) and Liberal Democrat Tim Farron, both of whom represent constituencies containing part of the Lake District.
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