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  • Kirsten

VAT on period pants

Say Pants to the Tax...

I have spoken in Westminster previously, recently wrote to the Chancellor ahead of the Autumn budget statement to indicate that VAT must be removed from period pants, and have joined campaigners to highlight this issue.

In 2021, VAT was removed from most period products, such as tampons, pads, and menstrual cups. However, under current VAT rules, period pants are classified as garments and therefore still incur a VAT rate of 20%.

Scotland has made great strides in tackling period poverty, becoming the first country in the world to make period products free for all. I welcomed the UK government’s decision to remove VAT from most period products in 2021, however, it is now time to finish the job by removing VAT from period pants.

It was good to join M&S, who already remove VAT from these products, and other campaigners in Westminster to push the Chancellor to deal with this in his budget statement. I am hopeful this will happen.

Period pants are reusable, meaning they can help consumers save money and help to reduce plastic waste too.

No woman should struggle to access appropriate sanitary products, and this change could make lives easier and fairer for many women.


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