Lib Dems to use banking fines to help fund vital air ambulance services

The Liberal Democrats will use £2.5 million from a fine imposed on a bank for rigging the Libor rate to investment in Kent’s air ambulance service.

This money could be used to buy an additional helicopter, provide 24/7 emergency, or upgrade helipads at hospitals – although it is up to local groups how they spend the cash.

It is part of wider Liberal Democrat plans to divide £50m, from the £227m fine levied on Deutsche Bank, equally between Britain’s 20 air ambulance trusts.

Air ambulances save hundreds of lives each year but rely almost solely on donations from the local community.

Sevenoaks Parliamentary Candidate Alan Bullion said:

“Kent’s air ambulance saves lives and helps the emergency services deal with some of the most difficult incidents, in some of the most hazardous conditions.

“This money will give our local air ambulance trust the power to improve the incredible service they already offer our community.

“It will allow the trust to buy a new helicopter, upgrade their helicopters or improve their helipads.

“This would not be possible without the Liberal Democrats and further illustrates our commitment to build a stronger economy and fairer society.”

About Alan Bullion

Alan Bullion is Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesman for Sevenoaks and Swanley
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