“If we had a government that addressed the cost of living…people would have enough to buy period products.”
That’s the view of Ruth Cadbury, Labour MP for Brentford & Isleworth, a leading light in the campaign to get the government to act on period poverty.
Cadbury was involved in the introduction of the free period products in schools scheme and since then has continued to press for access to free period products for all, alongside encouraging open discussion about periods and menstruation.
A 78% increase in demand for period products was reported in the first three months of 2022, according to period poverty charity Bloody Good Period.
As the cost of living crisis continues to place more pressure on families, many are struggling to make ends meet and access necessities such as period products.
Some food banks across the country have been supplying period products to ensure that those who need them are not missing work or school due to being unable to afford period products.
The schools scheme was a start, says Cadbury, but the government could be doing much more to address the problems.
Watch the video to see more from Cadbury.
If you need access to free period products or want to get involved in ending period poverty you can find some helpful links here:
- Freedom 4 Girls
- Nottingham Women’s Centre
- The Hygiene Bank
- Bloody Good Period
- The Free Period Nottingham