George Osborne has refused to slash the much-debated "tampon tax" in his Autumn Statement, saying that the £15m raised from VAT placed on sanitary products each year will be ploughed into women's charities, including domestic abuse refuges.
The Chancellor said he could not scrap the tax altogether because of "EU law" - but said he would lobby the EU to change their approach.
The announcement was met with some consternation in the House of Commons, with Labour MP Jess Phillips reportedly shouting, "You're not paying it George, I am!"
. @jessphillips shouts: "You're not paying it George, I am!"— Emily Ashton (@elashton) November 25, 2015
And it was also berated on social media, with Twitter users accusing Parliament of making it "women's duty" to fund support for key services such as women's mental health, domestic abuse and rape crisis centres.
Some called on government to fund women's services "properly" and pointed out that it is effectively forcing women to fund other women who are the victims of violence.
Others expressed concern for the long-term future of women's refuges and charities should the tampon tax ever be abolished.
Hang about.. Women have to fund women's services? How will they be funded if the #tampontax is ever abolished?— Sarah Bridgman (@SarahMBridgman) November 25, 2015
And many argued that domestic violence and violence against women is a global problem - and one that society as a whole should tackle, rather than exclusively women.
If we're using the #tampontax to find women's refuges are we saying that domestic violence is a women's problem not society's? That's wrong.— Simple Si (@DadAndTwo) November 25, 2015