Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell has promised to give her support to a campaign to end the so-called ‘Tampon Tax’ this week.
The support comes after more than 250,000 people signed a petition calling on the Government to end the luxury five per cent rate of VAT on sanitary products.
The issue has come under scrutiny as critics point out other products such as razors, nappies and even Jaffa Cakes are exempt from paying VAT.
Mrs Ansell said, “I completely support zero VAT on sanitary products because it’s frankly ridiculous, and insulting. Tampons and towels are classified as luxury items when quite clearly they are essential for women.”
Earlier this week the government said it was unable to scrap the VAT as it is set by EU Law, but would be make a case to Brussels.
In response, the European Commission has said there will be no changes to VAT until a review next year.
Mrs Ansell said,“The Government has said it will make the case for change but we can’t make this decision independently of the other countries of the EU.
“To do so would be unlawful and could be challenged in the courts. I wish this weren’t the case but, as things stand, it is.
“Sadly, this is the sort of problem that gives the EU a bad name and masks much of the good work that it does in areas like employment law and mobile phone call charges.”
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