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Tampon tax may be banished

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MPs are to vote to abolish the so-called ‘Tampon Tax’ after more than 250,000 people joined an online campaign.

Luxury items

The controversial tax on women’s sanitary products has become a focal point as campaigners have branded it sexist. They also argue than sanitary protection should not be classed as a non-essential luxury item.

Vital product

SNP’s Alison Thewliss commented: “It is absurd that while men’s razors, children’s nappies and even products like Jaffa Cakes, exotic meats and edible cake decorations are free from VAT, women are still having to pay additional costs on what is already an expensive yet vital product.

“The failure of this Tory Government to negotiate the abolition of VAT on sanitary products over a period of five years suggests that either they are inept or they aren’t genuinely committed to ending this unfair tax on women.”

EU regulations

At the moment products such as tampons and sanitary towels are subject to the reduced VAT of 5%. Campaigners say this is still too much and that there should be no tax whatsoever applied to sanitary products. Government ministers have said that EU rules make it impossible to eradicate the tax completely but with renegotiations on the UK’s EU membership hitting the headlines now may be the time to scrap the controversial tax.

Taboo subject

University student Laura Coryton set the petition on Change.org up last year. The 21-year-old told ITV News: “I never thought that the petition would attract this many supporters because it is both about periods, a taboo subject that is often hushed from public ears, and taxation, a subject that fills people both with dread and confusion.

It’s an amazing feeling to know that people genuinely care about female representation and the fairness of tax allocations, which should reflect the needs of everyone in society.”

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