The Midcounties Co-operative - Campaigning For You
Co-op Midcounties is calling on the government to help people protect themselves from the potentially harmful effects of the sun by removing VAT from sunscreen products. Sunscreen is currently classified in the UK as a “cosmetic product”. However, Cancer Research UK state that getting sunburnt just once every two years can triple the risk of melanoma skin cancer, and that melanoma skin cancer incidence rates have more than doubled (135%) in the UK since the early 1990s. 

Co-op Midcounties has therefore written to the government asking for sunscreen to be reclassified as an essential healthcare item, which would allow it to be VAT exempt. The average bottle of sunscreen costs £5-£7, with around £1.50 of this being the VAT charge applied. It’s time for a change and we need your support.

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