Terrence Higgins Trust, Labour students & NUS welcome reduction of VAT on condoms


Terrence Higgins Trust, Labour Students and The National Union of Students welcome the announcement in Gordon Brown’s budget that VAT on condoms will be reduced to 5%. The organisations have been working together to campaign for this reduction to be made and are pleased to see the Government making sexual health a priority.

Lisa Power, Head of Policy at Terrence Higgins Trust said “We’re absolutely delighted that the Government have seen sense and reduced VAT on condoms. It’s fantastic to get a positive result for this campaign which we have been working on for several years. A normal rate of VAT is charged on luxury items, yet condoms are not a luxury. If we are to reduce the ever increasing rates of HIV and sexually transmitted infections in the UK, they are a necessity.”


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