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To: The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP
Scrap VAT on community-purchased defibrillators
We are all calling on the Chancellor to scrap VAT on community-purchased defibrillators in his Autumn Budget.
Why is this important?
VAT of 20% is charged on community-purchased defibrillators and the secure cabinet in which they are housed.
More than 30,000 people a year have a cardiac arrest in a non-hospital location. From the moment of cardiac arrest there is on average five minutes to save a life with the survival rate dropping by 10% for every minute that the heart is stopped without defibrillation.
If the NHS, a charity or local authority purchase these pieces of live-saving equipment then there is no VAT on them. However, if a community purchases one then VAT is added. If VAT were removed from community defibrillators, then every sixth machine would be free!
On November 22, in his Budget, the Chancellor Philip Hammond can make a difference and help save the lives of people who face cardiac arrest.
Please sign this petition today to urge the Chancellor to scrap VAT on community-purchased defibrillators on November 22 and ask your friends and family to sign too.
Together, we can make a difference.