Girls in the United Kingdom are skipping school during their periods as they cannot afford the necessary sanitary items.
First reported in today's Metro, it was revealed that the charity Freedom4Girls - an organisation that usually works with African schoolgirls - was contacted by teachers in Leeds following the direct correlation between girls skipping school and their monthly cycles. The truancy committed by the young women was a result of lack of resources to purchase the sanitary products they need.
The pricing of pads and tampons has come under fire in the UK in recent years as items are still taxed due to not being deemed a necessity - we know!
In 2015, then chancellor George Osborne announced that the revenue collected from VAT on these items would be given to women's charities. Just last year, then prime minister David Cameron said that "Britain will be able to have a zero rate for sanitary products, meaning the end of the tampon tax".Britain's Youngest MP Might Quit "Depressing" Parliament
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However, Brexit has brought complications to the removal of the tax and the amendment will now not come into place until at least April 2018. The Independent phrases the way it works now as as the government saying: "You buy tampons, we tax them, and then we’ll use the money for vital services." Speaking in parliament on International Women's Day, current chancellor Philip Hammond announced that he would allocate £12 million to women's charities as a direct result of the Tampon Tax.
A spokesperson for Freedom4Girls warned that the experience of girls in Leeds "is the tip of the iceberg, I'm sure," suggesting that similar situations are plentiful across the UK.