Some two years ago I was pleased to support my constituency Women’s Committee as they pushed the idea of free sanitary products for school girls to help end period poverty. That resulted in a motion from the Labour Group to Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council. It is pleasing to see that such local campaigns helped create the climate for this recent announcement by the Welsh Government:
Free sanitary products will be available in schools across Wales thanks to £2.3 million Welsh Government funding, the First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.
The Period Dignity Grant for Schools will provide over 141,000 girls in Welsh primary and secondary schools with a range of sanitary products.
As well as being free-of-charge, products will be made accessible in the most practical and appropriate way possible.
Schools will also be encouraged to support reusable, environmentally sustainable products to allow maximum choice for learners.
Supplying primary schools is a step further than provisions recently announced in England. The money will be made available immediately via local authorities, who fund schools in Wales.