Tampon tax: Tesco cuts price to beat levy

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Tesco has cut the price of nearly 100 women’s sanitary products in a step to mitigate the “tampon tax”.

The retailer said the five per cent reduction in prices on both own-label and branded products would help make them more affordable.

VAT is still charged on tampons and sanitary towels, although a pledge was made in the 2016 budget to scrap the controversial tax.

That promise followed an online petition that attracted 320,088 signatures.


Nearly a hundred branded and own-brand products will be reduced (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

The supermarket said it would pass on the saving as and when the proposed removal of VAT comes into force, which is currently expected to be 2018.

However it announced on Friday it would be reducing the price of sanitary products.

Michelle McEttrick, Tesco group brand director said: “For many of our customers, tampons, panty liners and sanitary towels are essential products.

“However, the cost of buying them every month can add up, and for many women and girls it can be a real struggle on top of other essential items.

“That’s why – as a little help for our customers – we are reducing the cost of these products by five per cent.”

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