Schools and colleges in Hackney are being urged to apply for a Government scheme so they can provide free period products to students who may otherwise be unable to afford them.
Between one in 10 girls between the age of 14 and 21 in the UK are unable to afford menstrual products, while 49% have missed an entire day of school because of their period.
The Government announced its free scheme, which is available to both state-funded primary and secondary schools, and colleges, following a campaign from Red Box and schools in Hackney.
The Council now wants to ensure that every eligible institution in Hackney is applying for the scheme and has written to all headteachers in the borough.
Read the Mayor’s letter to Hackney schools.
Schools can apply for the scheme here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/period-products-in-schools-and-colleges/period-product-scheme-for-schools-and-colleges-in-england