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    • MSE Steve
    • By MSE Steve 13th Jul 17, 2:37 PM
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    MSE News: Scotland aims to defeat 'period poverty' with free sanitary products scheme
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    • 13th Jul 17, 2:37 PM
    MSE News: Scotland aims to defeat 'period poverty' with free sanitary products scheme 13th Jul 17 at 2:37 PM
    A scheme to give free sanitary products to women on low incomes has been launched in Scotland...
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    'Scotland aims to defeat 'period poverty' with free sanitary products scheme'

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    • One-Eye
    • By One-Eye 13th Jul 17, 3:15 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 3:15 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 3:15 PM
    Women’s sanitary items are still subject to 5% VAT in the UK, with the Government so far resisting calls to ditch the so-called “tampon tax”.
    Not strictly true - the UK Government is committed to a zero-rate of VAT on women’s sanitary products. It is EU law that currently prevents the tax being reduced below 5% (it was reduced from 17.5% to 5% in 2000). The "tampon tax" will remain until EU law is changed, or the country leaves the EU – whichever comes first.
    • Heng Leng
    • By Heng Leng 13th Jul 17, 10:32 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 10:32 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 10:32 PM
    Not strictly true - the UK Government is committed to a zero-rate of VAT on women’s sanitary products. It is EU law that currently prevents the tax being reduced below 5% (it was reduced from 17.5% to 5% in 2000). The "tampon tax" will remain until EU law is changed, or the country leaves the EU – whichever comes first.
    Originally posted by One-Eye
    True but the UK Government could have negotiated it's exemption.
    The Commission nor other member states are hardly going to argue.
    • Paul_Herring
    • By Paul_Herring 14th Jul 17, 12:17 PM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 12:17 PM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 12:17 PM
    The government is entirely unsuited to be handing out tampons - for starters, some women would prefer pads.

    Secondly, £42,000 is going to be spent on this, for a questionable (as in amount) £12,000 benefit.

    Women (and men with vaginas of course) who are in need should be given the money to purchase them themselves.

    Covered more in depth here: https://capx.co/its-madness-for-government-to-hand-out-tampons/
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    • Apollonia
    • By Apollonia 14th Jul 17, 6:03 PM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 6:03 PM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 6:03 PM
    The government is entirely unsuited to be handing out tampons - for starters, some women would prefer pads.

    Secondly, £42,000 is going to be spent on this, for a questionable (as in amount) £12,000 benefit.

    Women (and men with vaginas of course) who are in need should be given the money to purchase them themselves.

    Covered more in depth here: https://capx.co/its-madness-for-government-to-hand-out-tampons/
    Originally posted by Paul_Herring
    Did you actually read the linked article in the first post? The government will not be 'handing out tampons'. It says quite clearly:

    Eligible women are issued with a so-called 'S-Card' they can then show at their local pharmacy, supermarket or doctor to get the products for free.
    • asset2004
    • By asset2004 14th Jul 17, 7:20 PM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 7:20 PM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 7:20 PM
    Another hap hazard ill-thought scheme of the Scottish Government, just like the baby boxes that's now £100,000s over budget and was introduced without any input from healthcare professionals.
    I despair of this, just another waste of money.
    • Paul_Herring
    • By Paul_Herring 15th Jul 17, 10:25 PM
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    • 15th Jul 17, 10:25 PM
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    • 15th Jul 17, 10:25 PM
    Did you actually read the linked article in the first post? The government will not be 'handing out tampons'. It says quite clearly:
    Originally posted by Apollonia
    Did you read the article where £42,000 is being wasted to give a(n at beat) £12,000 benefit?
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