UK scraps sales tax on personal protective gear until October

FILE PHOTO: Clinical staff clean Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at Royal Papworth Hospital, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Cambridge, Britain May 5, 2020. Neil Hall/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s finance ministry said on Friday it will extend the scrapping of sales tax on personal protective equipment (PPE) for infectious diseases until the end of October.

“Extending the zero VAT rate on PPE will provide the relief needed by care homes in particular, so that as many people as possible continue to be protected against the coronavirus,” junior finance minister Jesse Norman said in a statement.

Reporting by Andy Bruce; editing by Stephen Addison