Tampon Tax? Not an essential

Tampon Tax? Not an essential

Your Union supermarket has said no to the 'tampon tax' and is selling all sanitary products at cost price to ensure we don't make a profit from students who menstruate.

Welfare Officer Freya Govus championed this change on your behalf, enabling Essentials to be the first Students' Union shop to sell sanitary products at cost price.

A Leeds University Union spokesperson said: “Sanitary products are often seen as a luxury item and are taxed accordingly. At Essentials, we don't agree with this and this is an issue that no longer applies in our own shop. We're happy to say we do not make any profit from periods - all sanitary products are sold at cost price and that's the way it always will be.”

At Essentials, you can buy both branded and own-brand cheaper alternatives at cost price, making a box of tampons as little as £1.