Select your country

Periods / Claire Blackmore

Go Tesco! Supermarket Cuts Femcare Prices To Cover 5% Tampon Tax

The next time you pop out to pick up some tampons, you might want to swerve the chemist and head to Tesco instead.

In a move applauded by us here at Pink Parcel, the supermarket giant has become the first retailer to slash the price of ‘pons, pads and pantyliners by 5%, to cover the VAT currently levied on these items. Tesco customers chucking their monthly essentials into the trolley will now benefit from savings on over 100 branded and own label sanitary products.

Michelle McEttrick, Tesco’s 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 we are reducing the cost of these products by 5%.”

The current minimum VAT rate is set by EU law, but the European Commission is aiming to bring in a zero rate for sanitary products in 2018.

Labour MP, Paula Sheriff who has campaigned to scrap the tax on women’s sanitary products, welcomes Tesco’s decision and hopes other stores will follow suit – and that the government and EU will announce a clear timeline for abolishing the tax altogether.

At last, paying more than we should for having a period might soon be a thing of the past.

If you haven’t signed up to Pink Parcel yet, it’s time to start enjoying your period! Subscribe here and you’ll have everything you need (and want) sent directly to your door.

Tags:

You might also like...


Periods

What Does The Colour Of My Period Blood Mean?

Ever noticed the colour of your blood changes throughout your period? Like, the super-vibrant red of a cherry one day, then the...

Periods

Why Are My Periods So Darn Long?

Ever feel like your periods are too long? Like, 10 whole days of bleeding, or even worse, actual weeks! What about if...

Periods

The Body Experts: The Lowdown On Early Menopause

The menopause is when a woman’s period stops and she’s no longer fertile. But when do you think this happens? 40s? 50s? No idea? Sometimes it...

Periods

The Body Experts: Can I Get Pregnant On My Period?

The pill, the implant, condoms, or even a period app – whatever way you choose to manage your contraception, preventing pregnancy is...

X
chevron-right instagram twitter facebook-f snapchat youtube pintrest Magnifing glass User icon Envelope icon