Did you realise? On International Women’s Day, the Tories brought back the Tampon Tax

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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 | EvolvePolitics.com

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7 thoughts on “Did you realise? On International Women’s Day, the Tories brought back the Tampon Tax

  1. nick

    what a country ? how the hell as this country stooped as low as trying to make money out of women’s essentials

    as a old friend of mine who’s the wife of a tory mp has told me on many occasions

    “what about me i have to live with him you only have to listen to him”

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      She can always get a divorce – a very public, high-profile divorce.
      As for the tampon tax – you might think they are essentials, I might think so, every single woman in the UK might, but Philip Hammond has other ideas. To him, they are a luxury.
      That says everything you need to know.

  2. joanna

    So we are we paying for services that don’t exist? Isn’t that fraud?
    My birthday was international women’s day and I am having to pay for this fraud! Nice!!!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      What services that don’t exist? I really don’t think that’s what was meant at all.

  3. Thomas

    It’s disgusting to tax tampons. Do the Tories want women to use rags down there again? Why discourage tampon use?

  4. Zippi

    What is being done about the education of young men? Why are women’s refuges needed? What is done to combat domestic violence at source? Why is it always the women who have to pay, either with their bodies, in bruises, or worse, or having their lives disrupted by having to up sticks, go into hiding, live in fear, or paying for the safe haven? What is being done to prevent these thugs from materialising?

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