Liberal Democrats would use bank fines to support Wiltshire's air ambulance

The Liberal Democrats would use £2.5 million from a fine imposed on a bank for rigging the Libor rate to support Wiltshire's air ambulance service.

This money could be used towards running the charity’s helicopter, buying new equipment or upgrading 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.

Duncan said:

“As vice-chair of Parliament’s All-Party Air Ambulance Group, I know from the meetings we’ve had with air ambulance charities that they could really use this help.

“Local people go to great lengths to support the charity that pays for our air ambulance, and it is right that the Government should use fines on banks’ misconduct to make a contribution too.

“Wiltshire’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.”

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