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Period poverty pledge welcome win for campaign

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11 Mar 2019
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GMB, Britain’s general union, says the Chancellor’s period poverty pledge is a welcome first step and a win for the union’s nation-wide campaign.

In his Spring Statement on Wednesday, Philip Hammond is expected to announce funding to make free sanitary products available in English secondary schools.

Nell Andrew, GMB National Equality and Inclusion officer, said:

“The Chancellor’s announcement is a big win for GMB’s campaign, which has seen members across the country fight for an inclusive, no questioned asked end to period poverty in schools

Many families are being forced to make a choice between putting food on the table and buying sanitary products

Nell Andrew, GMB National Equality and Inclusion officer

“Children from low income backgrounds can face a cycle of humiliation, risks to health and additional barriers to education due because they don’t have decent access to sanitary products.

“This is a great first step – but we now urge the government to include primary schools, colleges and universities, where we know period poverty is having a terrible effect on education.

“After years of austerity, many families are being forced to make a choice between putting food on the table and buying sanitary products,

“The Government must make sure all sanity products are tax free and provision is extended to all public buildings to stop those of any age struggling with the indignity and anxiety that period poverty creates.”

 
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