VAT on condoms

Exempt condoms from VAT?

  • It'll just save me money anyway, go for it

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Suddenly it will all seem worthwhile, I'll be bagging up instead of getting a dose

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • STDs are for real men, it'd make no difference

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • What's a condom?

    Votes: 0 0.0%

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Campaigners have called for VAT to be abolished on Condoms. They claim they're an "essential health item" which is the argument used so that sanitary products for women are exempt from VAT.

Are they an essential health item or a luxury/lifestyle product?

With a three pack costing about £3 removing VAT would make it about £2.50. Would this encourage you to buy and bag up instead of a trip to the clinic a few days down the line?

I thought that the Chancellor had announced that VAT was no longer to be charged on condoms in the latest budget, or did I imagine it like so many other things?
I've flicked through the budget and the treasury did reduce the VAT on contraceptives to 5%. So the question changes to; Is this a good thing?

(p118 5.109 for those interested. "To support its strategy to improve sexual health, the government will reduce the rate of VAT chargeable on contraceptive products to 5%" it's part of "building a fairer society")
With almost 3 million STI's cases a year in the UK & 60 odd thousand HIV cases, Condoms should be FREE to all.
Pox_Dr said:
With almost 3 million STI's cases a year in the UK & 60 odd thousand HIV cases, Condoms should be FREE to all.
they are if you go to a family planning clinic or your local friendly (military) medical centre.
Mike_2817 said:
:lol: 8O Yeah I can just see Durex selling on sub-standard condoms and waiting for the claims to come back :lol:

can you just see it now...takes long enough for a basic mma claims to come back.

On a serious note though why arent condoms regarded as non-chargeable contraceptive like us girls' pills?? i get the prevention of STD's part and good on the lads for actually thinking about that. i was more thinking about the sticky slappers who intentionally pull the squaddie and attempt to trap them thinking they will travel the world and be a lady of leisure because we earn so much :lol:

obviously this is not gonna happen to me unless females are evolving into self reproduction...i'm still on the lookout for my sugar-daddy :lol:

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