Scrap VAT from sunscreen! Sun cream preparations are a necessity, not a luxury!
But are we pushing against an open door?
Rhondda MP Chris Bryant said: ‘Scrap VAT on sunscreen to cut skin cancer’ recently in the House of Commons.
Chris underwent surgery just before Christmas after being diagnosed with a stage-three melanoma.
He has called on UK ministers to ditch VAT on sun cream during a debate on the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission charity. Removing VAT would indefinitely save lives, said Chris.
So that’s why I’m trying to do something as well, having had a few run-ins myself with skin problems.
I never used to cream up – and cover up much, less wear a hat – and so, to date, I’ve had five Basal Cell Carcinoma-type (BCC) lesions removed from my face at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, in recent years (not including the place on my neck 18 years ago) – under both eyes, the nose, right lip and right cheek. Queen’s looked after me beautifully!
I’ve since learnt that the most significant risk factor in the development of Basal Cell Carcinoma is long-term exposure to sunlight and episodes of burning in the sun.
The message to cover up should be heard loud and clear for all but, for many, SPF-30+ is a hefty price in some areas.
So I’ve been inspired to set up this petition, which is is called ‘Scrap VAT from sunscreen! Sun cream preparations are a necessity, not a luxury!’
At 10,000 signatures, government will respond to this petition!
At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament!
Beautiful beaches and a “surf culture” are two of the factors behind a rise in skin cancer rates in Wales, a leading oncologist has said. I didn’t know that!
Prof John Wagstaff, director of the Wales Cancer Research Network, said Wales and Cornwall had two of the highest rates of the disease in the UK.
But, you know, these petitions are hard work. You feel passionate about getting them off the ground, dream about them reaching huge numbers – even getting them debated in Parliament if/when they reach that magic number – only to find they flag and fail!
I am forever meeting people who have/had these types of skin cancers.
So please, please sign this petition and share this article/petition link. If this petition saves just one life, that is cause for celebration. Please help us do this and save even more lives, stress and additional pressure on the NHS.
Article and petition originator: Carole Shorney