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Heidi Jackson - Why I applaud the University of East Anglia’s move on sanitary products

PUBLISHED: 18:00 05 April 2017 | UPDATED: 18:20 05 April 2017

Reviewer Heidi Jackson.  Photo : ARCHANT.

Reviewer Heidi Jackson. Photo : ARCHANT.

Copyright Archant Norfolk 2016

The University of East Anglia made national news last month as the student’s union began offering free sanitary products.

In 2014, the university became the first to remove any VAT on sanitary in its shop as a protest against the ‘tampon tax’.

Following this, the student union have made tampons and sanitary pads available to pick up for free in the gender-neutral toilets on campus.

At the moment five percent VAT is added onto sanitary products, which is continuing to be criticised, as profit is being made from an essential item.

It would seem that the government believe these feminine products are a ‘luxury’ item when of course this is not the case.

Some would argue that we should not have to pay for such items whatsoever but if this was the case, perhaps we could suggest that items such as toilet roll are essential too, where would we draw the line?

It’s great to be part of a university whose student union stand for matters such as these, especially when they are the first in the country to implement them. It would be reassuring to see these products available for free in all public toilets – hopefully this is something we will see in the near future. This could be the beginning of ending the stigma and preventing women from having access to items they need.

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