Time to tackle Period Poverty throughout Kent

December 13, 2018 10:00 PM
By Ida Linfield
Originally published by Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Period poverty is finally getting the publicity it deserves with several councils over the country offering free sanitary products to their local residents.

Kent County Council has a statutory duty to look after young women as they leave care and move into adulthood and has ultimate responsibility for the wellbeing of all residents.

Ida LinfieldPeriods on average cost these young women £10 a month and many in Canterbury are having to resort to using toilet paper or newspaper, or take sick leave. And this is in the 21st century! In Canterbury you can access products from our excellent Food Bank, a service I'm pleased to support in a small way via my members grant.

So this week I asked Graham Gibbens, the County Council Cabinet Member who would take the relevant decision, what steps he is taking to sort out period poverty for women aged from 14-21. I'm delighted to report that Kent CC is working with schools, but not everyone is at school and everyone else's needs were completely ignored in his answer - unless you live in Thanet where providing protection will be part of a "trial". One trial for the whole of Kent!!!

I don't believe this is good enough - to end period poverty KCC should stand up to the mark and provide products without delay in libraries and community centres for local residents throughout the County and not rely on local charities doing the job for them.

Ida Linfield is the County Councillor for Canterbury City South and the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Adult Social Care at County Hall