Labour pledges to end period poverty in schools

Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner has pledged to end period poverty in schools by committing £10 million for sanitary products.

Her strong words come after a report by charity Freedom4Girls found girls in the UK were missing school because they could not afford sanitary protection.

Rayner told the Labour Party Conference that this is a “scandal” and that every child would get the support they needed under Labour.

The Conservative government has said it will look at the issue.

Speaking in Brighton Rayner said: “As well as giving our schools the resources they need, we must ensure they give every child the support they deserve. All our pupils deserve a good quality of life.

“So I am proud to say that as your secretary of state I will allocate £10m from our departmental budget to end the scandal of period poverty in our schools.”

The pledge received a standing ovation from delegates at the event.

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