Laura Coryton has created a petition on Change.org, to persuade Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to reduce tax on sanitary products to 0%.
Her arguments are outlined below:
The Government taxes the masses of people who have periods, but not for enjoying a lean crocodile steak. Does placing exotic meats above sexual hygiene truly reflect society’s values?
A 5% tax rate has been placed on sanitary products, whilst exotic meats walk tax-free. HM Revenue and Customs justify this rate by labelling these sexual health products as ‘non-essential’ items, costing you an average of £1,500 per person over a lifetime.
It is a choice to use sanitary products. However, in order to maintain a successful career and a normal lifestyle, sanitary care is most definitely essential. The Government are failing to recognise this as an issue, refusing to subsidise such a medical necessity, and have the audacity to tax you for making this ‘choice’.
This fight is far from hopeless. The Government reduced their tax rate from 17.5% in 2001, following pressure to keep inline with EU regulations. Let’s pressure them further to reduce this to 0%. Sanitary products would then be able to join HM Revenue & Custom’s list of ‘essential’ tax free items, alongside: men’s razors; alcoholic dessert jellies; crucial edible cake decorations (specifying chocolate scrolls and sugar flowers amongst other imperative appetising delights); and everybody’s favourite and all important selection of exotic meats.
So, which do you value more: your sexual hygiene or your crocodile steak?
This petition is gathering support, with many commenters suggesting that a tax on sanitary products is a sexist and discriminatory tax against women, particularly as men’s razors are deemed ‘essential’. I wonder how ‘essential’ men in government would think sanitary products were if women were to stop wearing them altogether?
Click here to sign the petition and have your say!