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‘They’re A Basic Necessity’: Radiographers Urge For Bras To Be Exempt From VAT

‘They’re A Basic Necessity’: Radiographers Urge For Bras To Be Exempt From VAT

Diagnostic radiographers are set to argue today that VAT on bras disproportionately affects women and could even be considered discriminatory under the Equality Act. Diagnostic radiographers carry out X-rays, MRI and CT scans, which can be used to identify the musculoskeletal problems caused by poorly fitted bras. According to Sky News, the delegates will say today: “Those who are wearing a bra size D or above often get backaches, aching shoulders and neck pain, because of the weight of their breasts. “Wearing a good-quality, well-fitted bra could alleviate some of these issues, and reduce time off sick for musculoskeletal issues.” Currently only women who have had breast cancer surgery – whether a mastectomy, partial mastectomy or lumpectomy – are exempt from VAT when buying certain bras. This follows the VAT on period pants being dropped in January From the 1st January 2024, the government scrapped VAT on period pants after around 80 MPs, charities and retailers called on the government to scrap the VAT in August 2023. Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Nigel Huddleston, said: …

Bras are a basic necessity that should be exempt from VAT, radiographers say | UK News

Bras are a basic necessity that should be exempt from VAT, radiographers say | UK News

Bras are a basic necessity and should not be subject to VAT, according to radiographers. Diagnostic radiographers who carry out X-rays, MRI and CT scans, are set to argue later that the tax disproportionately affects women and could be considered discriminatory under the Equality Act. They say musculoskeletal problems, which can lead to individuals having time off work, can be caused by poorly-fitted bras. Proposing the motion on Tuesday during their three-day annual conference in Leeds, delegates will say: “Those who are wearing a bra size D or above often get backaches, aching shoulders and neck pain, because of the weight of their breasts. “Wearing a good-quality, well-fitted bra could alleviate some of these issues, and reduce time off sick for musculoskeletal issues. “The imposition of VAT on bras disproportionately affects women. Taxing bras could be considered discriminatory as per the Equality Act 2010.” According to data gathering website Statista, the average amount spent on a bra in the UK in 2020 was £15-30. Currently only women who have had breast cancer surgery – whether …

Play, Not Necessity, Is the Mother of Invention

Play, Not Necessity, Is the Mother of Invention

Ox Cart (1935–1942) by Wilbur M Rice. Source: The National Gallery of Art/Rawpixel/Public Domain “Necessity is the mother of invention,” according to the well-known English proverb. But is it really? I suggest here a revision, which I think has more truth: “Play is the mother of invention; necessity is the mother of engineering.” Play opens the mind to original ideas and creations; necessity takes some of those creations and refines them for practical ends. Play takes us into the realm of imagination. Necessity keeps us focused on the here and now, the familiar, to solve immediate problems. Who Invented the Wheel and Axle? Here’s an example. The wheel—or, more accurately, the wheel-axle combination that makes it possible to build a cart—is often regarded as the greatest technological invention in human history. It revolutionized the way people lived. The cart, especially if you hitched an ox to it, made it possible to haul heavy loads of lumber or agricultural produce or anything over land far more efficiently than before. People no longer had to live next …

Salt is a necessity in every recipe. Black pepper is not. Here’s why

Salt is a necessity in every recipe. Black pepper is not. Here’s why

Gird your loins, cooking purists: I’ve got something to say! (read this like Jerri Blank would say in “Strangers With Candy”). I don’t like using black pepper and don’t often include it in my cooking. In my recipes, when I say to “season,” I mean with kosher salt. Or, in some instances, with paprika, garlic powder, onion, powder or something along those lines — not black pepper.  Now, don’t get me wrong — freshly ground black pepper most certainly has a place in particular dishes; I love it on a green, heavily-dressed salad (especially when it’s being ground from a big ol’ peppermill at a restaurant!) and it’s also necessary in pasta dishes like carbonara or cacio e pepe. It can also be used in seasonings and rubs for various proteins and my paternal grandmother used to douse her cooked green beans in oil and black pepper. There’s also a place for it in dishes like lemon-pepper wings, Chinese-American salt and pepper shrimp, certain Cajun or Creole dishes, black pepper beef and so on and so forth. …

Cyber insurance audit: Painful necessity, or a valuable opportunity?

Cyber insurance audit: Painful necessity, or a valuable opportunity?

Ilia Sotnikov Contributor Not that long ago, few companies even considered purchasing insurance to mitigate their financial exposure from a cyber incident, and for those that did, obtaining a policy was as easy as filling out an application and writing a check. Those days are now squarely in the rearview mirror. Today, companies everywhere are rushing to get cyber insurance — the value of the global cyber insurance market reached $13.33 billion in 2022 and is projected to soar to $84.62 billion by 2030. However, the increased number of policies combined with the sharp uptick in costly attacks led to higher costs for cybersecurity insurance providers. To stem their losses, insurance companies now often require proof that an organization has implemented a variety of security measures in order to be eligible to purchase a policy. Rather than resisting or resenting risk assessments from potential cyber insurance vendors, IT leaders should regard them as an opportunity to strengthen their organization’s security posture. Cyber insurance involves risk assessment Across the insurance industry, policy requirements and premiums vary …