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Sunday, 27 May 2018

– Local People

by GEM Staff ReporterGEM Reporter


Schools will be given up to £100 of sanitary products for pupils in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The Vale Council has approved plans to provide free-of-charge products to every school girl in the area as part of a national fight against period poverty.

The Welsh Government has given the council £31,500 this financial year for sanitary equipment to be installed in schools, and £8,666 to buy the products themselves.

Councillors will form a working group to decide how the money should be used and gather evidence about the Vale’s current approach to tackling period poverty among school girls.

But in the meantime schools will given sanitary products while the full details of the scheme are worked through.

All secondary schools will get £100 worth of sanitary products, and all primary schools will be given £30 worth after plans were approved by Vale Council’s cabinet on Monday (May 21).

The plan was agreed after a previous council meeting heard that some girls are missing school because they can’t afford sanitary products, and in other cases mothers are going without so their daughters can have them.

The Welsh Government has launched a £1million scheme to tackle period poverty across Wales.

Councils such as Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr have already developed similar schemes.

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