Period poverty

Too many women and girls across our country are struggling to afford adequate sanitary provision, which in turn impacts their health, hygiene and livelihood. A survey conducted by the children’s charity Plan International UK found that one in 10 girls have been unable to afford sanitary products and almost half had missed an entire day of school because of their period.

Schoolgirls have had to improvise sanitary protection because their families cannot afford it due to poverty pay and welfare cuts. Low income families should not have the additional burden of struggling to afford sanitary products.

The government believes that it is a matter for schools to decide whether to make sanitary products available for their existing budgets. As well as giving our schools the resources they need, I believe that we must ensure that schools are able to give every child the support they deserve. Resources should be allocated from the Department for Education’s budget to end the scandal of period poverty in schools.

All women, regardless of age, social status or background, should be able to easily access the sanitary products they need. The government should be providing funding for free sanitary products for secondary schools, food banks and homeless shelters.