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Free sanitary products extended to primary schools

Free sanitary products are to be made available in primary schools in England, as well as secondary schools, the Government confirmed today.

In the Spring Statement last month, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that a national scheme would be developed to provide free sanitary products in secondary schools and colleges across England. 

And the Department for Education has now confirmed that the programme will be extended to more than 20,000 primary schools in England too, after feedback from teachers, students and parents. 

The free sanitary products will be available in primary and secondary schools in early 2020. 

Campaigners say the move will help tackle 'period poverty', and make sure children can participate fully in school without worrying where their next pad or tampon will come from. 

In August 2018, the Scottish Government announced it would provide free sanitary products to students at schools, colleges and universities across Scotland. 

See our Cheap Sanitary Products guide for tips on cutting the cost of sanitary items.

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