Wrexham councils Lifelong Learning scrutiny committee yesterday voted unanimously to establish a task and finish group to look at the issue of period poverty in Wrexham and the availability of free sanitary products in local primary and secondary schools. The request, submitted by Plaid Cymru Councillor Carrie Harper and supported by Cllrs Gwenfair Jones, Dana Davies and Adrienne Jeorrette, also hopes to explore how a recently announced pot of Welsh Government funding can be best spent to maximise provision.
Cllr Harper said: "As far as I'm aware, this issue has never been discussed by Councillors. With recent studies by Plan International UK showing that 1 in 10 girls have been unable to afford sanitary wear, we have to raise awareness about this. Being unable to afford sanitary products can impact on school attendance, as well as the general health and well being of our young women and girls. For low income families with several women to provide for, this can be a real challenge, it's about basic dignity and I welcome the opportunity for Councillors to look at potential solutions".
" I'm aware that community group Wings Wrexham are already running a trial to provide free products in one local secondary school and we're looking forward to working with them and getting their input. I'm also very grateful to fellow Plaid Cymru Councillors in Rhondda Cynnon Taff who have done a huge amount of work on this which we'll also be exploring in order to learn from their experience".