UK MP Calls for Scrapping VAT Applied to Sunscreen
The MP for Rhondda, Chris Bryant, has called for the UK government to scrap the VAT applied to products such as sunscreen which are over SPF-30, in a push to encourage more people to use the cream.
In attempts to cut skin cancer rates in the UK, Bryant, a former sufferer of cancer himself, called for the UK government to ensure 'every child covers up in the sun and that more people use sunscreen by making it more affordable'.
A regular sized bottle of sunscreen in the UK costs on average around £5-7, with around £1.50 of this being the VAT charge applied. It is currently viewed as a 'cosmetic' product, however, the proposed change is for the products to be reclassified with the ultimate goal of being exempt from VAT altogether.