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Mountain rescue tax boost confirmed

Posted 2 August 2011
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Mountain rescue tax boost confirmed
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The government has confirmed funding of £200,000 to help mountain and cave rescue services across the UK, which may be warmly welcomed by those who like to go walking.

Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said the money will be used to help teams across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to buy equipment.

He remarked: "This recognises the valuable and unique work that volunteer mountain rescue teams do across the UK and will help support the costs of expensive rescue equipment."

It is the first time Mountain Rescue teams have received direct grant aid from the government.

Over half the money - £124,000 - will go to English teams, as they account for 48 of the 75 units established across the UK.

Mountain rescue workers will often be busy in Mr Alexander's own constituency of Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, as it covers part of the Cairngorms National Park.