Campaign: Tax-Free Sanitary Products

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.

http://www.change.org/p/george-osborne-stop-taxingperiods-period

Words and Image: Ana Hine

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