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Margot Parker MEP - While tied to the EU, the UK still cannot set its own VAT rates

Delivered by Margot Parker, on 8 October 2018

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Australia has finally scrapped the tampon tax, which is something we in the UK can both applaud and learn from.

Only recently, campaigners helped force the authorities in India to scrap its own 12 per cent levy on sanitary products.

Yet, in the UK women are still in 'period poverty' as the the Government is not allowed to lower the VAT rate because of EU rules which class sanitary products as 'non-essential'. What a ridiculous state of affairs - feminine hygiene is not a choice.

We have been waiting for a decision from the EU Commission since March 2016 over whether we can follow the likes of Australia and India.

While tied to the EU, the UK still cannot set its own VAT rates. Therefore when we leave, we will be free from the its restrictions and set our own rates to abolish this awful tax - the Government must then make good its promise to end this tax immediately.

 

 

 

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