Scrap VAT on sunscreens over factor 30.

Scrap VAT on sunscreens over factor 30.

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Jayne Styles started this petition to UK Government/ Prime Minister

Sun screens are very expensive and without their use, there is a huge risk to the population of developing skin cancers including Malignant Melanoma, which is extremely dangerous. 

I had a Malignant Melanoma removed some years ago. Since that time, I have also had a basal cell carcinoma removed from my face. At the time I was diagnosed, a beautiful young girl of 21 was on GMTV doing a sun awareness campaign. By the time she was diagnosed, it was too late and she died aged 21.

It is not something which just affects old people, it also affects the young. Mine they believe started as a result of sunstroke as a teenager. I now have two young grandchildren who need to have sunscreen to protect them as do other people. This is not a vanity thing, it is a life saver!  Families have to struggle to pay the price for sunscreens as it is, never mind with 20% VAT charged on top of it. One of the best protectors is £25 a bottle!

Chris Bryant MP for Rhonda Cynon Taff had a malignant melanoma removed from the back of his head. These are serious health issues nothing to do with being a luxury and people should not be financially penalised for trying to protect themselves and their families. When I was a child people were not so savvy about skin cancer and the risks. We know now and the price of sunscreen is already high without it being treated as a luxury, subjected to VAT, in fact it is a national disgrace in what is supposed to be a caring, civilised society.

It is not only people with pale skin at risk from this disease, Bob Marley died from it and other famous people have also died from it. It does not discriminate.

It is now time to scrap Vat on sunscreens as it protects life. It is outrageous to suggest that skin protection is a luxury! 

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