People from around the world have now signed an online petition calling on the UK government to reduce tax on sanitary items.
Nearly 300,000 people have signed a world wide campaign to reduce tax on sanitary items. #EndTamponTax, an online campaign set up by London student Laura Coryton wants the UK government to reduce tax to from 5% down to 0%.
#EndTamponTax petition has been presented to Chancellor George Osbourne in an attempt for him to back the campaign.
The petition has so far received over 200,000 signatures.
The HM Revenue tax sanitary items by 5% as they are classified as “non-essential” items. Tea cakes, jaffa cakes, exotic meats, herbal tea and men’s razors have 0% VAT as they are classed as essential.
In 1973 the UK joined the European Economic Community and a 15.5% sanitary tax was introduced. This was justified when Parliament classified sanitary products as “luxury” items. In 2000 Labour MP Dawn Primarolo – who is working with Laura in the campaign – annouced sanitary tax would be reduced to 5%.
Some UK Student Unions have joined in with the campaign including the University of Sussex and the University of East Anglia.
Nottingham Trent Student’s Union currently sells sanitary items with the 5% tax included.
Kevin Jackson, Retail Manager for the Student Union explains their stance on the tax.