In the early 2000s former Paymaster General Dawn Primarolo campaigned for VAT on sanitary products to be lowered. As a member of the New Labour Government, Primarolo succeeded and in January 2001 sanitary products had their Value Added Tax (VAT) fixed at 5%.
Recently the issue has been re-discovered, with the ‘Stop taxing periods. Period.’ campaign by Laura Coryton attracting 250,000 signatures. While the situation is complicated by EU-wide trade agreements it’s worth getting involved with – either by signing the petition or providing free sanitary products in your home, place of work or at public events.
Words and Image: Ana Hine