Seventy UK charities and organisation will benefit from £12 million raised from the Tampon Tax Fund.
The money will help to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls across the country.
During a visit to the Suzy Lamplugh Trust in South London, Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson announced the full list of funding for charities from the latest round of the Tampon Tax Fund, designed to benefit charities that support women and girls, particularly those affected by violence and domestic abuse.
Wilson said, “From Cornwall to Dundee, the Tampon Tax Fund continues to benefit organisations in every corner of the UK working to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls, including those who’ve been affected by violence.”
“This Fund is helping to improve lives, supporting our ambition to create a fairer, shared society for everyone.”
“I’m glad that so many worthwhile organisations will benefit from this money.”
The charities sharing the funding include, Children North East; Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre Cornwall; Black Country Women’s Aid; Stepping Stones, Luton; and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.
Speaking about the announcement, Sarah Newton, Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism said, “Violence against women and girls shatters lives and these projects will provide even more vital support to victims.”
“The Government is determined to end this abhorrent abuse and recently announced the introduction of stalking protection orders, set out plans to work towards a new Domestic Violence and Abuse Act and increased funding for tackling violence against women and girls to £100 million.”
“But there is always more to do and the additional tampon tax money will provide a further lifeline to those at risk of domestic and sexual abuse, so-called ‘honour-based’ violence and stalking.”
The Tampon Tax Fund will continue to inject money into women’s charities until a decision is reached on the debate over the removal of the five per cent VAT on sanitary items.
Labour MP Paula Sherriff led the charge to cut the VAT rate, however previous Prime Minister, David Cameron pointed out that the European Union sets the rules which are difficult overturn.