Harlow MP welcomes cash boost for Essex Ambulance Trust

Politics / Thu 26th Feb 2015 at 11:27am

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has welcomed the news that the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust is one of several Air Ambulance charities in the UK set to benefit from a £5 million fund from Libor fines.

The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust will use £250,000 from fines imposed on banks that had rigged interest rates to invest in the expansion and refurbishment at their North Weald Airbase. It will also be used to improve training facilities.

The funding was confirmed yesterday (24th February 2015) at a meeting between the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, and the Association of Air Ambulances. Robert Halfon also attended the meeting, and spoke with members of the Air Ambulance Association.

George Osborne commented: “From enabling the fantastic Air Ambulance services to extend their flying hours, to helping build brand new specialist headquarters, this funding will play a vital role in helping to save hundreds of lives every year. It is absolutely right that we use funds from those who demonstrated the worst values to reward those who demonstrate the best, like our hardworking air ambulance crews.”

Speaking after the meeting Robert said: “This extra funding is great news for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, as it will allow for extra investment in their air base and better training facilities. This will benefit patients in Harlow and across Essex and Hertfordshire, and potentially save hundreds of lives. ”

Last year, the Chancellor announced relief of VAT on air ambulance charities and aviation fuel giving a further boost to the finances of the charity. Combined, the changes will be worth over £15 million nationally over the next 5 years.

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