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Pupils in England to receive free period products
05 November 2019
Free period products, supplied by phs, will now be available to every pupil in England as part of the Department for Education’s plans to create period equality for all.
The Government is funding the initiative which will provide free products for young people across secondary schools, primary schools and colleges in England.
The contract for the supply of the products to more than 20,000 schools was awarded to phs Direct after a competitive tender process.
Preparations are now underway for the implementation of Department for Education’s period products scheme which will be rolled out early next year. The Department for Education will publish guidance later this year to make clear how schools and colleges can get access to the products, which will include environmentally-friendly pads and reusable products such as reusable pads.
David Taylor-Smith, CEO of phs Group, said: “From our own campaign and independent research, we know young people believe access to period products is be a real issue. We firmly believe period products are a necessity, not a luxury, and this is why access to free products at school and college for all pupils is a significant achievement.”
Children and Families Minister Michelle Donelan said: “Every young person should be able to access help when they need it. That’s why we are making free period products available in all schools and colleges, so no young person has their education disrupted by a lack of access to period products."
The move to supply free period products to schools in England follows similar directives elsewhere in the UK. In April, the Welsh Government announced a £2.3m Period Dignity Grant for Schools to provide free of charge products via local authorities. And last year, the Scottish Government implemented a directive for educational establishments to offer free period products, boosted by an additional £4m of funding to expand the scheme in January.