Nick Smith MP Labour MP for Blaenau Gwent
Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith is supporting calls for the Government to remove VAT charges on high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) sunscreen, in order to combat skin cancer rates.
Mr Smith has signed and supported a letter, written by Rhondda MP Chris Bryant, which is calling for VAT to be removed on sunscreen with a factor of SPF30 or more.
The letter, addressed to the Chancellor Philip Hammond, explains how a lower price on higher SPF products would be a practical way to boost skin cancer prevention and save the NHS money.
Nick Smith MP said: “Although skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, it is also very preventable.
“We know that severe sunburn, especially during childhood, significantly increases the risk of developing skin cancer in later life.
“Making high SPF sunscreen more affordable would encourage parents to better protect their children by using suitable products more often and in more generous amounts.
“I fully support this campaign. The Chancellor should remove VAT on these products to help save lives and bring significant savings to the NHS.”