2015 Budget - Essex and Herts Air Ambulance
The Chancellor has announced his budget for this year, and with a mention for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, it made something stand out for me as an Essex dweller.
George Osborne announced that the Essex andHerts Air Ambulance were to be given money to fund the purchase of new helicopters.
The service, which is run as a charity, is often the fastest and most effective way to rescue people in Essex.
A grant of £1.5m is set to be put towards a new leased aircraft in May 2017 when the current aircraft leasing contract will expire.
It’s not uncommon to see their helicopters in our skies, and the announcement of such a financial boost is a welcome one, and for me, unexpected (though I believe that the news had already been announced to the trust).
Our neighbours, The East Anglian Air Ambulance will be provided with the £70,000 per month needed for an aircraft capable of longer range than their existing vehicle. The Chancellor revealed that the lease for two years will from the money collected from Libor rigging penalties.
It’s not often I find myself being pleasantly surprised by politicians, and though I listened to the budget with increasing skepticism (such a vast change in fortunes predicted compared the Autumn budget merely underlined this), a generous round of applause needs to go to those involved in getting this donation made.