The government must do more to end period poverty and stigma, according to council leaders in Bristol – where a pioneering city-wide initiative is working to end period poverty for good.
Chancellor Philip Hammond announced free period products for all secondary schools in England as part of his spring statement.
However Councillor Helen Goodwin, Bristol’s cabinet member for women, children, and families, said he “could have gone further”.
She said: “I welcome this investment by the Chancellor to support young women and girls who either can’t afford to buy sanitary products, or just as worryingly, don’t feel they can ask for them.”
“But it is important to educate young people too to help end the stigma around periods and menstrual health.”
Goodwin continued: “This funding will enable us to deliver on our promise to provide free sanitary products to all secondary school and college students. But evidence shows that girls are starting their periods earlier, so we also need to ensure primary schools have the means to help girls.