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WE'RE BLOODY ANGRY
ABOUT PAYING FOR A PERIOD. 

IN 2019, THE UK GOVERNMENT PROMISED £250,000 TO TACKLE PERIOD POVERTY. 
THREE YEARS LATER, PERIOD POVERTY HAS GOT WORSE.
AND THIS MONEY *STILL* HASN’T BEEN USED. 

WE ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO RECOMMIT TO ENDING PERIOD POVERTY BY 2025.
THEIR RESPONSE WAS BLOODY LACKING - TO SAY THE LEAST. 

Period groundhog day....

13th June 2022
13th June 2022

MP Caroline Lucas asks MP Kemi Badenoch

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19th July 2022
19th July 2022

Our response from the Ministry of Equalities

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7th September 2022
7th September 2022

MP Cat Smith, MP Ruth Jones and MP Peter Dowd ask MP Amanda Solloway

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13th June 2022
13th June 2022

MP Caroline Lucas asks MP Kemi Badenoch

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We received a response almost *two months* after we sent our letter to Women's and Equalities Minister at the time, Liz Truss.

When our supporters asked the government to recommit to ending Period Poverty by 2025, they received the same answer.
 
All of which are really bleeding inadequate!
 
The minimal steps the government mention are neither sufficient
nor tackle the issue for the numerous groups of people affected by this issue. 
  • The schools' provision program has not met the needs of all young people. Only 50% of eligible secondary schools and organisations took part in 2021. A recent Girlguiding study found that 32% of pupils are not receiving free period products through this scheme. 
     
  • The abolition of the Tampon Tax has had no real impact. The current ‘cost-of-living crisis,’ means gains made in terms of period product affordability through the 5% VAT abolition have largely eroded. 
     
  • The provision of period products by NHS England to patients has been negligible. With growing waiting lists many people, particularly those with gynaecological conditions, are unable to gain access to essential healthcare. 

RIGHT NOW, THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN OUR SOCIETY

ARE AT AN ESPECIALLY HIGH RISK.

 

THE COST OF LIVING CRISIS - ESPECIALLY HOT ON THE HEELS OF THE LASTING IMPACT OF THE PANDEMIC - MEANS THAT
PERIOD POVERTY IS NOW AN EVEN MORE SEVERE AND WIDESPREAD ISSUE. 

  • We've provided 78% (that's 5,832 more packs of products) more period products to those in need during the first quarter of 2022, compared to the same timeframe of 2020 (pre-pandemic).

  • September was our busiest ever month - we distributed over 13.5K packs of products. In May and June 2022, demand was 150% higher than in the same months last year. 

  • We're also receiving an increase in requests from outside our existing partner network including NHS community care teams, domestic violence services, homeless hostels, new food banks and sex workers' support services


WE NEED ACTION, MORE FUNDING AND COMMITMENT
FROM THE GOVERNMENT *NOW*.

SO...ARE YOU BLOODY ANGRY TOO?
HELP US OUT BABES!

SIGN OUR LETTER 
We'll continue to ask the UK Government to recommit to ending period poverty by 2025. Put your name to our letter, and make our voices louder!

STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE CAMPAIGN 
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