5 VAT exempt items less essential than tampons

Edible cake decorations'Credit: shutterstock NNL-151029-113017001
Edible cake decorations'Credit: shutterstock NNL-151029-113017001

The UK government has promised to raise the issue of VAT on tampons with the European commission after pressure from MPs.

Minister for Women and Equalities Nicola Ann Morgan said: “It’s blindingly obvious that sanitary products aren’t a luxury and shouldn’t be treated as such.”

Tunnock's Tea Cake'Credit: Kay Roxby/Shutterstock NNL-151029-113054001

Tunnock's Tea Cake'Credit: Kay Roxby/Shutterstock NNL-151029-113054001

Tampons are taxed at a five per cent VAT rate. Here are five things charged at zero per cent:

>Edible cake decorations

>Tunnocks Tea cakes

>Jaffa Cakes

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Jaffa Cakes 'Credit: Melodia Plus Photos/Shutterstock NNL-151029-113105001

>Kangaroo meat

>Herbal tea

Kangaroo meat'Credit: Kiyoshi Hijiki/Shutterstock NNL-151029-113031001

Kangaroo meat'Credit: Kiyoshi Hijiki/Shutterstock NNL-151029-113031001

Herbal tea'Credit: Julia Metkalova NNL-151029-113042001

Herbal tea'Credit: Julia Metkalova NNL-151029-113042001