West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has given her full backing to Asda’s campaign to raise awareness of the importance of sun care protection and is calling on the Chancellor to cut the VAT currently levied on sun care products.
Every year, over 100,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with skin cancer and over 2,500 of those people lose their life as a result.
Sun exposure is the main preventable cause of skin cancer but the Government classes sun care products as a ‘luxury item’ and charges 20% VAT.
Supporting the campaign MP Rosie said:
“Skin cancer is on the increase but families who are already faced with tough financial decisions are still being charged the full rate of VAT to protect themselves and their children.
“As we are starting to see summer arrive our exposure to the sun is increasing and I do not believe that anyone should have to compromise their health over price.
“It is for this reason I am supporting Asda’s campaign and calling on the Chancellor to scrap the VAT on sun care products.”
MP Rosie has signed the Early Day Motion 109 calling on the Government to scrap the VAT on sun care products, and has written to the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer to review the tax on sun care products.