Government dispenses additional £15m from tampon tax fund

The government has announced the list of charities and good causes which will benefit from £15m of funding from the latest round of the tampon tax fund, bringing the total handed out to £47m

Projects that tackle sexual violence, address social exclusion among BAME women and improve mental health and wellbeing will receive funding over the next two years. The money will also be used to make grants to smaller organisations so they can deploy services to support vulnerable and disadvantaged women and girls.

Tracey Crouch, minister for sport and civil society, said: ‘The money generated from sanitary products is being invested in good causes that tackle the serious issues that women of all ages face. It will be used to support vulnerable women and girls and help build a Britain fit for the future.’

Over 70 charities are already receiving grants through previous rounds of the fund, which was launched at Autumn Statement 2015. At the time, the government committed to continuing the fund until EU rules allow a zero rate of VAT to be applied to women’s sanitary products.

Current EU laws prohibits any member state from applying a new zero rate of VAT, so the UK currently applies the lowest possible rate to these products (5%).

Report by Pat Sweet

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