MP calls on Government to scrap sunscreen tax

Susan Elan Jones MP has signed a letter calling on the UK Government to scrap VAT on high-factor sunscreen.

The Clwyd South MP joined MPs from across the House of Commons to urge the Government to remove tax from sunscreen products that carries a Sun Protection Factor of 30 or more (SPF30+) and has a UVA rating of four or five stars.

According to the British Skin Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK with at least 100,000 new cases diagnosed each year. The foundation recommends sunscreen with a SPF30+, but warns that sunscreen does not provide absolute protection and should be used with other preventative measures.

Susan Elan Jones MP said: “I think it’s high time we scrapped VAT on sunscreen to cut skin cancer and I am pleased to have signed a letter to the Chancellor calling for this.  Skin cancer is one of the most preventable of all cancers but is on the rise in this country. Encouraging people to use high-factor sunscreen and to cover up when the sun is at its strongest will save lives, avoid heartbreak and misery for countless people, and will greatly benefit our NHS.”

For more information about staying safe in the sun, please visit: https://www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk/how-to-stay-safe-in-the-sun