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All Walsall schools to get free sanitary products to tackle period poverty

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Free sanitary products will be available in all Walsall schools to try to fight 'period poverty' and improve performance in the classroom.

The council say they will go further than other government initiatives which only focus on secondary schools - by also providing free sanitary products for primary-aged children in the town.

Linda Allbutt - who founded charity Period Power - told members of the social care and health overview and scrutiny committee that girls as young as 10 were using tissues or old rags as a result of struggling families opting to buy food instead of other essentials.

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"We are covering primary schools and offering an extra focus to that which is discussed nationally where the focus is secondary.

"The NHS website states that puberty starts around the age of eight. There is clearly a need for that so I think that's a really good thing to see in this.

"It is a really good initiative. There is evidence to suggest period poverty does impact results and success at school which then impacts further down the line."

– Bal Chatta, Walsall Council's portfolio holder for business support

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