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Mountains may be safer after VAT victory

Posted 9 February 2011
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Mountains may be safer after VAT victory
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Mountain Rescue teams have been boosted by news they will now be able to get a VAT break on their equipment.

It means every climbing rope, pair of walking boots and waterproof jackets are among the products for on which it will be possible for the teams to get a rebate.

Up until now such items have cost Mountain Rescue up to £200,000 extra per year in the tax, but after a campaign by Cumbrian MPs, chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander revealed a government fund will be set aside to compensate the teams.

Tim Farron, the member for Westmorland and Lonsdale, said: "I am over the moon," adding: "Mountain Rescue will finally get the VAT refund that they so thoroughly deserve for providing such an important service to people across Cumbria."

Mr Farron's constituency is one where Lake District Mountain Rescue teams are often in action, as it includes peaks such as the Old Man of Coniston.