Is any further comment necessary?

If you take nothing else away from this Budget remember that the tampon tax is back. Two years on from George Osborne’s announcement that the £15 million in funds it raises would be used for women’s charities; one year on from David Cameron’s announcement it would be scrapped and it still exists.

It will now, as the Chancellor Philip Hammond was “honoured” to announce be used to fund women’s charities. Although the funding has been cut from £15 million to £12 million.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Brexit is already such a success that we will have to keep a universally reviled and unfair tax for another two years. Not only that, but women are now back to being forced to fund their own domestic violence shelters.

And no, these services are not optional. They are vital for the protection of women in our community and £12million doesn’t even scratch the service of previous cuts.

Under Tory austerity, 30 per cent of specialist domestic violence services have closed as funds disappear. In 2016 alone, grants to local authorities, used to fund women’s refuges, were cut by 56 per cent. This is not sustainable and forcing women to fund their own protection is frankly insulting.

Source: On International Women’s Day, the Tories’ Budget brought back the Tampon Tax |

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