THE Tampon Tax charged on sanitary products is one of the most controversial of all levies. Here's what you need to know about the VAT rate and how to get tampons and towels for free. What is the Tampon Tax and what is the VAT rate? The Tampon tax is the name given to VAT charged on women's sanitary products including tampons, pads and towels. The rate is currently five per cent, compared with 20 per cent VAT on most products and services, while some essential items such as food are exempt or zero-rated. Campaigners have warned the charge makes it harder for women to afford sanitary protection, leading to "period poverty". More than 320,000 signed a petition calling on the government to scrap the tax in 2015. Then-Chancellor George Osborne said he was not allowed to lower the VAT rate because of EU rules that class sanitary products as "luxury" or "non-essential". The government lobbied Brussels to change the rules, and in the meantime promised to use the £15million annual tax … [Read more...] about What is period poverty, what’s the UK tax on sanitary products and can you get tampons and towels for free?
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I'm sweltering in the baking hot box room of an unassuming house in Cwmbran, from which, way off in the distance, I can see a tanker slowly cut across the glistening mill pond stillness of the Bristol Channel. On the over-sized computer monitor behind me, however, two large men in lycra are hammering seven bells out of each other in some grainy '80s footage from US cable TV. One, wearing pink trunks and boots, is dropped painfully to the floor by his heavyset opponent - a kaleidoscope of dayglo face paint and peroxide pigtails - who then falls on him from a great height, headbutting him hard right between the legs. "Believe it or not, the pair of us became really good friends in the end," says Adrian Street , laughing at his crotch crushing antics from some 30 odd years ago. "Lovely fella, actually." The original bad boy of wrestling's golden age, Street's outrageous cross-dressing appearance and crowd-baiting arrogance foisted him on grapple fans as the man they loved to hate. And for … [Read more...] about The original bad boy wrestler who’s just returned to Wales from Florida
MEASLES can not only be itchy and painful, the condition can actually be very dangerous. From spotting the signs to getting vaccinated here's all you need to know about the virus... What are measles? Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that can be prevented by taking the MMR vaccine. Because of the medical injection available, cases are relatively uncommon. But instances can spike rapidly if an outbreak occurs. While the infectious condition often clears up in under two weeks, it can sometimes lead to life-threatening complications. Although measles can affect people of any age, and we have seen outbreaks among university students, it is most common in young children. Public Health England has confirmed the UK has seen a rise in cases in 2018, with 643 confirmed cases of measles so far this year, compared to just 267 for the whole of 2017. Health experts have said it is part of a rise in cases across Europe. The year began with the announcement on January 16 that … [Read more...] about What are measles, do the symptoms include a rash, can you catch it twice and can you get the disease if you’ve had the MMR vaccine?
AS if being hot and sweaty wasn't enough, there's a number of ways the heatwave can affect your health. From heat stroke to hay fever, asthma, eczema and dehydration...there's a number of things you need to be aware of. Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures peaking around 30.2C in Wales - and the heatwave isn't letting up just yet. The mercury is tipped to hit as high as 30C in Wales today, with the rest of the country in the high twenties. June is shaping up to be Britain's hottest for over 40 years. Brits are flocking to beaches and parks to make the most of the sunny days. But, first aid experts have issued a stark warning, urging people to be high alert for the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion - which can prove killers. The Met Office has also issued a Level 2 health alert, because there's an 80 per cent chance of a heatwave. Here's how the heat can affect your health. 1. Heat stroke Heat stroke is a potentially life-threatening … [Read more...] about Feeling dizzy and plagued by a splitting headache? The signs you’ve had too much sun – and how to stay safe in the heat wave
This week I’ve been into my daughter’s class to talk to the children about living with epilepsy, disabilities in general and using a wheelchair. The children are in Year 1, so five/six years old, and are at a perfect age to learn that everyone is different and that’s OK. I also wanted to teach them empathy towards others with disabilities, whether they are other children in their school or people they come across in the street. I started by telling the class I have epilepsy, which is a type of disability. I asked them what they thought having a disability meant. This prompted many funny responses such as, “It means all your bones are broken” and, “You can catch being poorly from someone else!” I told them having a disability means something that stops you from doing normal everyday activities. I wanted to explain to children that some disabilities are obvious, like me in a wheelchair, and some are on the inside and you can’t see them. I … [Read more...] about I Would Encourage Others To Speak To Young Children About Life With A Disability