This year protests over the so-called tampon tax reached a crescendo and the issue was finally debated, and subsequently rejected, in the House of Commons.
The VAT on sanitary products, which generates roughly 15m per year, is set by the EU and therefore cannot be changed without amending European law.
In the Autumn Statement the chancellor proposed a solution,announcing that rather than working to remove the tax, the money generated would instead be used to fund women’s services.
The announcement provoked a mixture of responses, with many claiming that the proposal was neither a viable solution for plugging funding gaps in the women’s sector, nor fair to women who were now seen to be paying for their own services.
Meanwhile others saw it as an inventive solution that placated the desires of those who supported the abolition of the tax whilst boosting funding for vital services.
In the following podcast politicians and industry insiders debate the question: should the tampon tax be used to fund women’s services?
Now have your say: