£15 million a year is made from the VAT tax put onto sanitary products. Women’s Charities for abuse are proposing that the taxes are used to fund their outreach work.

Tampons are a necessity for the majority of women. However tax on them is currently at 5% since it was dropped in 2000. Although George Osborne has said that this is as low as it can be under European Law, he says the tax cannot and will not be axed completely.

More than 300,000 people have signed a petition fighting the tax and asking why tampons are considered a luxury item. They’re also questioning why women’s essentials are more overpriced than men’s when statistics show that women are paid 35% less than men.

“They are essential because without them, those who menstruate would have no way of pursuing a normal, flexible, public or private life and would be at risk of jeopardising their health.”
Laura Coryton, Petition Starter

But due to EU rules, this proposal is unlikely to be successful. In 2000, the tax was already dropped from 17.5% to 5% after a campaign by Labour MP, Dawn Primarolo. 5% is currently the lowest rate possible under EU VAT law.

Laura acknowledges the current EU legislation, but hopefully with the backing of Westminster, she believes that she will be able to convince The European Parliament to reconsider. She states “They are essential because without them, those who menstruate would have no way of pursuing a normal, flexible, public or private life and would be at risk of jeopardising their health.”

Chloe Eyre, who’s a Nottingham resident feels if the government is making a huge profit from it, it shouldn’t be taxed.

Audio: Chloe speaks about the tampon tax.

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