Our work Campaigns Pay Back the Tampon Tax In 2015, the money collected from VAT on period products known as the Tampon Tax was pledged for women’s health and support charities. At WRC we want to see a spending review referring to ring-fenced funding for women’s specialist charities as promised. Join us in calling on the Government to honour their promise and pay back the Tampon Tax to women’s charities. DONATE TO THE CAMPAIGN Why not just abolish the tax? Obviously, we don’t think women should have to pay VAT on period products – aka a completely necessary item. But, this money has been collected for decades and the Government has - we estimate - collected over £700 million from women through this tax. So, whilst we support the end of this tax on women, we believe that the money that has been and continues to be raised should go to supporting the needs of the poorest and most marginalised women in society. It is time to take action. We aim to raise £9,000 to promote the Tampon Tax campaign and enable other women's organisations in holding the Government and local MPs to account. We are creating a campaign toolkit including template letters for contacting local media and MPs about the Tampon Tax Fund, paying for campaign and policy support and providing a single point of contact for women's organisations who want to get involved, and seeking expert legal advice on developing and progressing our campaign. We will host a roadshow of events to support women's organisations and work with organisations in different UK cities who will promote the campaign in their areas. Women's charities and local women's groups give women a lifeline, and are able to reach women that nobody else can. One anonymous service user said: "No one knows what I have gone through - I'm very good at faking that I am fine, but here I found that hope that I can go further. I think that these women's charities make miracles, saving other people's lives. It's wonderful - not everyone can do this." HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN SIGN AND SHARE OUR PETITION Please sign the petition and share it with your networks. SIGN THE PETITION DONATE TO THE CAMPAIGN Next week, we are launching a crowdfunder which will support our work on building our campaign to make the Government honour their promise. We really appreciate anything you may be able to give. DONATE & BE PART OF THE MOVEMENT WRITE TO YOUR MP Write to your local MP about the need for national ring-fenced funding for women's health and support charities. Ask for their support in our campaign. You can use our template letter or contact us for any support. Coming soon... SUBMIT A CASE STUDY Send a case study to us demonstrating the value and importance of women's specialist service. We may publish it on our website and/or use it as evidence of the need of women's services. TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORK JOIN OUR REGIONAL EVENTS Women's Resource Centre is delivering a number of regional events to gather support for our campaign and to ensure it is national. The events will feature a number of interesting talks and discussions on the importance of the specialist women's sector including workshops on pertinent issues and topics. Coming soon... JOIN THE WRC COMMUNITY WRC membership is free for women's organisations. Membership gives you access to WRC research and reports, discounts on WRC training and subscription to our monthly membership. JOIN OUR MEMBERSHIP Why WRC? WRC is the only support organisation for the women’s sector as a whole. The Tampon Tax should go to supporting that sector: it isn’t about any one issue; it’s about keeping this vital provision of diverse local organisations that help women in their communities. They save the lives of women and children, and many are unheard outside of their communities, slipping under the radar of those making decisions about their future - they just get on with their vital work day to day. We need to support them and ensure they keep their doors open. We have the biggest membership of any women’s organisation in the country, so we have the reach that will ensure smaller organisations get their voices heard and receive the support they need. We can engage a critical mass of women around the campaign. We’re leaders in collaborative work in the women’s sector, so we are used to and committed to doing this - it’s a priority of ours to build collaboration and a collective voice with the sector. We understand that the women’s sector is not just one size fits all. Rather, that there is a whole range of organisations working within different communities of women, and we support the capacity of those organisations to be independent and their ability to represent some of the very specific needs of the communities of women they work with, including disabled, or black and minoritised women. Support for WRC is support for all women’s charities and organisations. We’re ready to work with organisations across the country to hold the Government accountable to their promises. Have a look at our blogs: The women’s sector £700 million out of pocket. Here’s why, and what we can do about it. 'Why we launched the Tampon Tax campaign'