Since leaving the European Union, Britain is no longer forced to levy a 5% tax on sanitary products.
The elimination of VAT on tampons and sanitary napkins came into force in the United Kingdom on Friday, with the government insisting that the measure is possible from the country’s exit from the European Union.
With the end of the transitional period after Brexit on 31 January, the UK is no longer required by EU laws that impose a minimum 5% tax on hygenic products.
VAT no longer applicable
Finance Minister Rishi Sanak said in a statement, “I am proud that today we are keeping our promise of removing tax on tampons. Hygenic products are necessary, so it is normal not to impose VAT.” , Which announced the measure in its budget in March.
During a debate in Parliament on the Brexit trade deal after Wednesday, Tory MP Bernard Jenkin insisted the government could “act like abolishing the stamp tax, for which many opposition MPs have criticized the government”, only because We are leaving the EU. “
Felicia Willow, executive director of the Fawcett Society, a society to protect women’s rights, welcomed the change.
“There’s a long way to go”
“It’s been a long road to get there, but the sexist tax in which hygiene products were classified as luxury, non-essential, can ultimately be brought back into the history books,” she said.
The Finance Ministry estimated that the removal of VAT would save about £ 40 (45 euros) over its lifetime.
Periodic security has already been distributed to public schools and universities in England for one year and to patients who need them in public hospitals. Scotland went ahead last November, with MPs passing legislation allowing free access to sanitary security, a world first on this scale.