Jul 28, 2017

Tampon tax demand as Tesco cuts price

A clear timeline should be set for the abolition of the tampon tax, an MP has said, as the UK's largest supermarket announced a price cut for the products. Tesco said its 5% reduction on the cost of women's sanitary products would cover the VAT levied on these items. The European Commission is aiming to bring in a zero rate for sanitary products in 2018, and as part of the Brexit process with the UK. Tesco is the first retailer to announce that it will cut its own prices before the headline tax rate has changed. "With retailers coming on board, the UK government and European leaders should set a clear timetable for the tampon tax to be abolished." At present, the government spends the proceeds from the tax on sanitary products on women's charities after hundreds of thousands of people signed a petition calling for the products to be exempted from tax altogether.

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