Free sanitary products will be available in schools & colleges in England from this September
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Free sanitary products will be available in schools & colleges in England from this September

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LocalFound 13th Mar
Free sanitary products will be available in schools in England from this September, the government confirmed today.

Chancellor Philip Hammond made the announcement in his Spring Statement in a victory for 'period poverty' campaigners.

It comes after warnings that young girls were resorting to desperate measures and missing lessons due to the issue. He said: "In response to rising concern by headteachers that some girls are missing school attendance due to inability to afford sanitary products, I have decided to fund the provision of free sanitary products in secondary schools and colleges in England from the next school year."
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Bullet198019 h, 2 m ago

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Boys don’t have periods. Boys don’t need necessary items to get them through the day at certain times a month. How can it be discriminative? How can you even be asking this?
To be fair I don't even see why these types of women's products are charged VAT even though is at the lower rate of 5%
Bullet198012 m ago

Tube sock, tissues.... I’m not wriggling out of anything. Imagine a w …Tube sock, tissues.... I’m not wriggling out of anything. Imagine a world where boys got something for free when girls didn’t! It couldn’t happen due to claims of sexism/discrimination that’s my point.

Equality is not always about treating everyone the same – it is about treating people in such a way that the outcome for each person can be the same. This means putting things in place to support people to achieve similar outcomes. In this case enabling everyone to attend school every week of the month regardless of whether their financial circumstances enable them to afford sanitary products.
Bullet198019 h, 2 m ago

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Boys aren’t bunking school 1 week a month to avoid the embarrassment of having no sanitary towels or tampons to protect them during periods.
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UK wide or just England?
Someone posted a good comment, what about primary schools and middle schools?
Bullet198019 h, 2 m ago

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No how can it be? what could a boy want? Maybe a razor or shaving foam but not during school hours.

Yes, its a brilliant thing. Couldnt think if anything worse than a female at school starting her period earlier than expected and not having the nessasary essentials available.
To be fair I don't even see why these types of women's products are charged VAT even though is at the lower rate of 5%
Schools and centres for disabled children/adults ????
Bullet198019 h, 2 m ago

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Boys aren’t bunking school 1 week a month to avoid the embarrassment of having no sanitary towels or tampons to protect them during periods.
Bullet198019 h, 2 m ago

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Boys don’t have periods. Boys don’t need necessary items to get them through the day at certain times a month. How can it be discriminative? How can you even be asking this?
rodney_jxl17 m ago

To be fair I don't even see why these types of women's products are …To be fair I don't even see why these types of women's products are charged VAT even though is at the lower rate of 5%


EU law...

Caroline_199319 m ago

No how can it be? what could a boy want? Maybe a razor or shaving foam but …No how can it be? what could a boy want? Maybe a razor or shaving foam but not during school hours.Yes, its a brilliant thing. Couldnt think if anything worse than a female at school starting her period earlier than expected and not having the nessasary essentials available.


I totally agree it must suck for girls/young women What are their parents doing tho? I bet the mums don’t go without but have no money for the daughters?
Gollywood36 m ago

UK wide or just England?



It's available in Scotland already, not sure about Wales or NI.
Edited by: "craigarthur" 13th Mar
smershspy20 m ago

Boys aren’t bunking school 1 week a month to avoid the embarrassment of h …Boys aren’t bunking school 1 week a month to avoid the embarrassment of having no sanitary towels or tampons to protect them during periods.


I’m not saying girls should suffer at all. I’m just saying that the government provides a safety net for families they many schemes, why not put pads/pons/cups on prescription for all women rather than giving the parents money for such things they benefits for them to still not get girls what they need? What kind of parent wouldn’t ensure their daughter had the essentials?
DominikkTheDonkey18 m ago

Boys don’t have periods. Boys don’t need necessary items to get them thr …Boys don’t have periods. Boys don’t need necessary items to get them through the day at certain times a month. How can it be discriminative? How can you even be asking this?


This is the culture at the moment. The moment someone gets something, it has to be challenged
Bullet19805 m ago

I’m not saying girls should suffer at all. I’m just saying that the gov …I’m not saying girls should suffer at all. I’m just saying that the government provides a safety net for families they many schemes, why not put pads/pons/cups on prescription for all women rather than giving the parents money for such things they benefits for them to still not get girls what they need? What kind of parent wouldn’t ensure their daughter had the essentials?


Why are you trying to wriggle out of your initial comments of 'What do the boys get'?

Nothing. They don't need anything comparable.
sd1313th Mar

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Well said the amount of money I spend each month.
Gollywood4 m ago

Why are you trying to wriggle out of your initial comments of 'What do the …Why are you trying to wriggle out of your initial comments of 'What do the boys get'?Nothing. They don't need anything comparable.


Tube sock, tissues.... I’m not wriggling out of anything. Imagine a world where boys got something for free when girls didn’t! It couldn’t happen due to claims of sexism/discrimination that’s my point.
Bullet198048 s ago

Tube sock, tissues.... I’m not wriggling out of anything. Imagine a w …Tube sock, tissues.... I’m not wriggling out of anything. Imagine a world where boys got something for free when girls didn’t! It couldn’t happen due to claims of sexism/discrimination that’s my point.


Are you serious?
About time... towels/tampons are a NEED not a want for females and when you work out the costs for them it's a lot of money each year and if there's several daughters it just gets more and more expensive. If your struggling financially already what can the parents do when it's a choice between towels, feeding the family or heating which for some is a very real choice forced upon them..
Cold. Add great as this is, it's just a news story, it's 6 months away and could completely change before then, especially depending on what happens over Brexit and the country's finances.

Post again as a reminder in August and I'll happily vote it hot then.
MrAlbert5 m ago

Cold. Add great as this is, it's just a news story, it's 6 months away and …Cold. Add great as this is, it's just a news story, it's 6 months away and could completely change before then, especially depending on what happens over Brexit and the country's finances.Post again as a reminder in August and I'll happily vote it hot then.


Yawn!! Ive not posted it to gain heat. I couldnt care if it goes to -1000 or +1000 is a heads up about FREE essential products coming to schools.

Personally, it shows your mentality voting cold on a FREE product.
Edited by: "Caroline_1993" 13th Mar
Bullet198012 m ago

Tube sock, tissues.... I’m not wriggling out of anything. Imagine a w …Tube sock, tissues.... I’m not wriggling out of anything. Imagine a world where boys got something for free when girls didn’t! It couldn’t happen due to claims of sexism/discrimination that’s my point.

Equality is not always about treating everyone the same – it is about treating people in such a way that the outcome for each person can be the same. This means putting things in place to support people to achieve similar outcomes. In this case enabling everyone to attend school every week of the month regardless of whether their financial circumstances enable them to afford sanitary products.
This is not a deal ....period!
AntonyWellington1 h, 2 m ago

Someone posted a good comment, what about primary schools and middle …Someone posted a good comment, what about primary schools and middle schools?


What are middle schools?
MrAlbert11 m ago

Cold. Add great as this is, it's just a news story, it's 6 months away and …Cold. Add great as this is, it's just a news story, it's 6 months away and could completely change before then, especially depending on what happens over Brexit and the country's finances.Post again as a reminder in August and I'll happily vote it hot then.


The fact that you are already so angry suggests you will NOT vote hot anytime!
Bullet198019 h, 2 m ago

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Why are you crying? You can always transition to female and get all the "special treatments".

Searching for ways to scream discrimination over biology are laughable. You never see women complaining about male condoms being given out because they can't wear them.
Edited by: "chance189" 13th Mar
craigl8 m ago

Comdons.


What are them?Are they the fake ones
Edited by: "Caroline_1993" 13th Mar
Gollywood14 m ago

The fact that you are already so angry suggests you will NOT vote hot …The fact that you are already so angry suggests you will NOT vote hot anytime!


Eh?

Where did I say I was angry?

I've got daughters. I've got teenage granddaughters. I think this is a great idea.

I just don't see the point in posting about it now when it may or may not actually happen (heck we might have a new government by them with different priorities) and it is little more than a statement of intent.

I'll vote it hot, I'm a man of my word.
Bullet198019 h, 2 m ago

What do the boys get then? If free sanitary products (which is a good …What do the boys get then? If free sanitary products (which is a good thing) are available to girls (there is a financial cost associated which has to be absorbed by someone, right?) is offering nothing free to boys (of the same value) not discriminatory?


We get these free
Bullet198019 h, 2 m ago

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Mate, you just mugged off mankind with a comment like that.
Great but why is this a deal?
AntonyWellington2 h, 6 m ago

Someone posted a good comment, what about primary schools and middle …Someone posted a good comment, what about primary schools and middle schools?


Yes well said. My daughter started her period in year 4.
These kinds of things should be free. Or at least cheap. Recently I bought a pack of sanitary towels for £2 which had 9 towels in. But for years I had been buying the same brand pack for £2 with 10 towels in a pack. They are leaving the same price but making packets smaller.
nighatshan9 m ago

These kinds of things should be free. Or at least cheap. Recently I bought …These kinds of things should be free. Or at least cheap. Recently I bought a pack of sanitary towels for £2 which had 9 towels in. But for years I had been buying the same brand pack for £2 with 10 towels in a pack. They are leaving the same price but making packets smaller.


If you have an Asda near you, try there own brand. The are really good and only 55pence for 10
Bullet198019 h, 2 m ago

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Oh, you can have tampons too. You just get to insert them in an orifice of your choice, as long as it's one of your own. How's THAT for equality?!
Bullet198019 h, 2 m ago

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Having periods is something girls can’t help, so your comment is stupid. Going by your logic, boys should have them too because otherwise it’s discrimination for girls
Bullet198019 h, 2 m ago

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The privilege of not menstruating to begin with.
Bullet198019 h, 2 m ago

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Lol yeah because your vagina leaks blood every month


Also, they were unusually taxed for these products while men were not taxed for products that would fit in the same category so..
rodney_jxl2 h, 38 m ago

To be fair I don't even see why these types of women's products are …To be fair I don't even see why these types of women's products are charged VAT even though is at the lower rate of 5%


It would’ve attracted 0% VAT right now if a certain EU vote hadn’t gone the way it had. They agreed to give us special treatment. However, they’re planning to give all member states a lot more flexibility of VAT rates in a year or two, so whatever happens, this is something we need to remember to remind the government to change as soon as they’re in a position to.
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