VAT refunds for air ambulances

As part of the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor is to announce VAT refunds for Search and Rescue and Air Ambulance charities alongside £7.5 million extra support for air ambulances.

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The new rescue helicopter that can land on the roof of the Bristol Royal Infirmary

The new air ambulance lands on the BRI's helipad Credit: ITV News

The West now has a bigger, faster air ambulance. Crucially it can land on the helipad at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Gloucestershire Royal, which will save vital minutes transferring patients.

The old aircraft wasn't powerful enough to be allowed to land or take off from there.

The new helicopter is bigger and faster than its predecessor Credit: ITV News
It may eclipse its predecessor but it also costs half a million pounds more per year to run Credit: ITV News

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