‘Tampon Tax’ campaigners stage photo protest on campus
It’s a bloody mess
Royal Holloway students staged a campus protest against the tax on tampons yesterday afternoon.
The Women and Marginalised Gender’s Network teamed up with the Feminism Society to encourage students to express why they oppose the classification of tampons as a luxury product.
Tampons and sanitary towels are taxed in the UK as “luxury items”, whereas products such as Jaffa cakes and crocodile meat carry no tax, as they are seen as “necessities”.
George Osborne has said he’ll take the money from the tax, and spend it on improving crisis centres for domestic abuse. However campaigners have responded by arguing this should be paid for by the government anyway and not funded only by women.
The Royal Holloway photo campaign used signs and whiteboard responses to show why they think the tax should be scrapped once and for all.