European Parliament vote against reduced Tampon Tax
Published May 26, 2016
The EU parliament today voted against calls for a reduced rate of VAT on tampons as part of a vote on the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality report, “Poverty: a gender perspective”.
There was a separate vote on paragraph 39 of the report which said: “39. Stresses that taxation policies have a gender dimension; calls, therefore, on the Commission to promote best practice on taxation policies that takes gender impact into account and furthers gender equality, particularly in terms of taxation of household income, which in some cases can subject lower earners to higher rates of taxation, including VAT, also by introducing a reduced VAT rate for goods that are essential for women, such as tampons;”
UKIP MEP Louise Bours said after the vote in Brussels: “The Commission promised urgent action to allow reductions on VAT for things like tampons, but yet they have not included it in the latest VAT reform proposals and have kicked it in to the long grass by saying they will come up with something later this year. And now the EU parliament has voted against calls for reduced VAT on tampons, which shows this is very unlikely to happen anytime soon. The EU has so much power over the UK that we can’t even decide how much to tax women’s sanitary items. Only the EU Commission can propose changes to legislation and they are not elected or accountable. If we really want to scrap the hated tampon tax, the only way is to vote to leave the EU on the 23rd of June.”
Women have been treated with contempt by the EU Parliament, said UKIP MEP Louise Bours.
Her anger follows the parliament voting against calls for a reduced rate of VAT on tampons.
“”The Commission had promised urgent action to allow reductions on VAT for items such as tampons, but yet they did not include it in the latest VAT reform proposals.
“They kicked it in to the long grass by saying they will come up with something later this year and now the EU parliament has voted against calls for reduced VAT on tampons, which shows this is very unlikely to happen anytime soon.
“I think it is an insult to women that such an attitude has been displayed by this male dominated organisation,” said Ms Bours, North West Euro-MP.
‘“The EU has so much power over the UK that we can’t even decide how much to tax women’s sanitary items. Only the EU Commission can propose changes to legislation and they are not elected or accountable.
“Outside the EU we could set our own VAT rules and act immediately rather than beg for EU concessions that could take years to implement.
“If we really want to scrap the hated tampon tax, the only way is to vote to leave the EU on the 23rd of June.”
Following the ongoing issues related to Crewe Town Council’s handling of its dispute with three allotment sites in the town, it comes as no surprise that a recent petition has been set up aimed at abolishing it after only three years of operation.
Residents in Crewe were promised back in 2013 a town council that would be fair, open and democratic. Sadly, what we have instead is a one-party state where inexperienced Labour councillors have ruled the roost without even a token opposition. The town council has simply become a Labour stick to hit the Conservative led Cheshire East council and local residents are caught in the middle. The never ending saga with the allotments now looks set to cost local taxpayers as much as £20,000 in legal fees. Continue reading People of Crewe deserve better→
I was shocked and appalled to learn that parking charges have suddenly skyrocketed at Blackpool Victoria Hospital by as much as 80% with the cheapest short stay now priced at £2.50 for up to two hours. Full day parking will now cost as much as £6.
With patients and visitors to nearby hospitals paying much less for their parking, these new charges amount to nothing more than a tax on the sick and the vulnerable. During the General Election last year, I campaigned as the UKIP Health Spokesman on the need to scrap these unjust parking fees. Continue reading Parking charges disgrace→
EU TOASTER PLANS ON BACK BURNER – BUT ONLY TILL AFTER REFERENDUM
EU plans to ban yet more high powered domestic appliances neatly demonstrates their interfering ways, said MEP Louise Bours today.
The proposals affecting items such as toasters, kettles and hair dryers have been in the pipeline for more than two years but have been kept on a back burner.
Now it has been revealed that the bureaucrats intend to go ahead with the ‘ecodesign’ restrictions – but not until after next month’s referendum.
“They know they will cause outrage in the UK, just as the earlier bans on powerful vacuum cleaner and incandescent light bulbs did,” said Ms Bours, UKIP Euro-MP for the North West.
“They have deliberately delayed implementing the latest bans until after June 23 as they rightly suspect it will encourage yet more people to vote Leave in the referendum.
“This is all to meet their ridiculous self-imposed target of energy savings of 30 % across the EU by 2030 to tackle climate change. Which won’t work.
“We must be free to make our own decisions in this country affecting our own lives, not be dictated to from Brussels. Our politicians are quite capable to making them in our own best interest, not the one size-fits-all mentality of the EU.
“The referendum is a once-in-a-generation chance to break free and regain our freedom to make our own choices for the benefit of our businesses and individuals alike,” she said.
“These restrictions on small household appliances will be just the forerunner of a deluge of such prohibitions coming our way if we stay in this failing economic bloc,” added Ms Bours.
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Visitors to Liverpool city centre find a buzzing thriving environment with new hotels and restaurants springing up almost weekly and an increasing air of affluence.
But in some parts of the conurbation deprivation and lack of hope still prevails and the research shows that the area in the UK getting the most in benefit payments is Knowsley with £149m last year closely followed by Walton with £141m.
Our state benefit system is an essential safety need for those in need and is something in which we can all take pride in a caring society.
But unfortunately some families see it as ‘their right’ and a direct alternative to working. There are households where no-one has ever worked and their state handouts are regarded as wages, such is the generational mindset.
It should be that working is better financially than being on the dole along with the sense of worth that self-sufficiency brings.
We hear lots about the so-called Northern Powerhouse but is is all just rhetoric? These benefit hotspot figures, with areas of Leeds and Manchester also in the top ten, starkly demonstrate the need for improvement in job opportunities and wealth creation in the North.
The overwhelming majority receiving government hand-outs would far rather earn their living and providing those opportunities would save the taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds.
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