Cambridgeshire County Council Should Provide Free Period Products in All Public Facilities

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On average, menstruating people in the UK spend around £5000 in their lifetime on period products. Low income families should not have the additional burden of struggling to afford menstrual products; or homeless people suffering on the streets; or young people having to use socks in their pants; or missing school once a month because they just can’t afford menstrual protection. If toilet paper is provided freely in public toilets, period products should be there.

Cambridge is the most unequal city in the UK (Equality Trust). In Chesterton, 38% of children are living in poverty. Over 23,000 children are living in poverty in the Cambridgeshire region, including 25.5% of children in North East Cambridgeshire (End Child Poverty). This is a real, local issue which we as a collective can resolve.

With 3,000 signatures, we can debate this motion at Cambridge County Council. We are calling for Cambridge County Council to provide free menstrual products in all of its public facilities. Schools, libraries, youth centres, public toilets, should all provide full access to a range of period products, following in Milton Keynes' footsteps.