Government urged to scrap VAT on sunscreen
Co-operative Midcounties, a group of businesses that counts Co-op Pharmacy as one of its brands, has called on the government to scrap VAT on sunscreen.
The company said it wants to see the products reclassified from â€˜cosmeticâ€™ to â€˜essential healthcare item,â€™ a move that would exempt it from the tax and make it cheaper for customers to buy.
According to Co-operative Midcounties, the average bottle of sunscreen costs between Â£5 and Â£7, with around Â£1.50 going towards VAT.
â€œRemoving VAT from these essential items will therefore play a significant part in making sunscreen more affordable and encouraging more people to protect themselves from the potentially harmful effects of too much sun,â€ the company said.
Co-operative Midcounties has also started a petition to try and force the government into removing the tax.
â€œSunscreen is an essential healthcare product and we donâ€™t think itâ€™s right or fair that it should incur VAT,â€ said Co-op Midcounties chief executive Phil Ponsonby.
â€œWe need to do everything we can to make it as affordable as possible, and weâ€™re therefore asking people to join our campaign, write to their MP and make a change that will help to reduce the risk of skin cancer for everyone.â€