In a move surely worth celebrating, Waitrose has joined Tesco in paying the tampon tax for women.
The supermarket has reduced the price of all sanitary products, both own brand and others, by 5 per cent – the cost of the added tax forced upon female customers by the government, despite periods being something none of us asked for.
“By covering the VAT cost and reducing the price by 5 per cent we are confident it will make a difference to our customers,” said Micheal Andrews, a Waitrose buying director.
Tesco initiated the move to help women who struggled to afford sanitary products every month.
“For many of our customers, tampons, panty liners and sanitary towels are essential products,” said Michelle McEttrick, Tesco group brand director. “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 we are reducing the cost of these products by 5 per cent.”
— Tesco (@Tesco) July 28, 2017
The widely-loathed tax is expected to be abolished when new legislation fought for by campaigners comes into effect in April 2018 but until then, former Tory chancellor and he of every job going George Osborne’s policy of donating the multi-million pound revenue to women’s charities continues.
However, this move has also proven highly controversial after it emerged that £250,000 would be going to anti-abortion charity Life.
Here’s hoping that until this tax is out of our lives once and hopefully for all, other supermarkets will follow Tesco and Waitrose’s much-praised leads.
— catherine marsh (@boogieshoe) August 8, 2017
— Thomas Dunne (@ThomasDunne80) August 9, 2017
— Rebecca Braddock (@bunchesbex) August 9, 2017
Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and Boots have all pledged to pass on savings to customers once the tax is lifted next year but it is expected that many will bring forward their plans to rival Tesco and Waitrose.
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