Grahame Morris MP

Member of Parliament for Easington

Period Dignity: Easington MP welcomes pre-Spring Statement announcement

March 12, 2019 Press Releases 0

Easington MP Grahame Morris has welcomed a pre-Spring Statement announcement to provide free sanitary products in English secondary schools.

Mr Morris is a supporter of Unite the Unions Period Dignity campaign. The campaign calls for changes in our workplaces, our places of education, and in society to make sanitary products freely accessible to women and girls.

In Parliamentary Questions, Grahame Morris raised concerns about the number of school days lost due to girls being unable to afford sanitary products. Other questions covered how the Treasury allocates the Tampon Tax Fund, the provision of sanitary products by foodbanks and homeless shelters and access to sanitary products for low-income families.

Mr Morris has also highlighted the work of South Hetton Primary School and their period poverty campaign to support low-income families in East Durham.

Speaking ahead of the Spring Statement on Wednesday 13th March, Mr Morris said:

“I welcome press reports that the Chancellor will follow the example of the Welsh and Scottish governments to improve access to sanitary products.

The Chancellor should not limit any scheme to schools only. Sanitary products are a basic essential that should be freely accessible in our workplaces and across society.

No woman or girl should be denied access to education, limited at work or lose opportunity due to period poverty.

I would encourage everyone to sign up and support Unite the Union’s campaign to ensure our workplaces as well as our classrooms promote Period Dignity.”