Welcome news for our work supporting the campaign against ‘period poverty’ – yet more needs to be done

red box appeal menstrual cycle

EVERYONE at Milners is proud to support an increasing number of local charities and good causes in our Leeds, Harrogate and Pontefract communities.

One of these in the Red Box Project, which is leading the fight against “period poverty”. It is achieving this by providing menstrual products to schools across Yorkshire and the UK so young people can access them free-of-charge, no questions asked.

Milners acts as a drop-off centre for such sanitary products, and colleagues act as volunteers in distributing them to schools in our community.

This week proved a landmark one for the project, when Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in his Spring Statement a commitment to funding menstrual products in secondary schools and colleges

Yet we are joining the Red Box Project in calling on him to go further, and extend the policy to include all children in full-time compulsory education, such as those in primary schools.

For example, children can start menstruating as young as 8 or 9, so it is essential that primary schools are supported.

We thought it would be good to share the words of Anna Miles, founder of the Red Box Project, who said of the announcement:

“This is a testament to the huge commitment of our coordinators on the ground and the incredible team behind the #FreePeriods campaign, of which we are very proud to be a part.

“However, we know from our work, in thousands of schools across the UK, that the need for free menstrual products exists for all children in full-time compulsory education, including those in primary school.

“We hope to see further commitment from the Government in meeting the needs of all children who menstruate, regardless of their age. Every child should have an equal opportunity to participate in their education; this is their fundamental human right.”

“Let’s take this amazing opportunity to ensure that no child will ever again have to miss out on their education because they cannot access the menstrual products they need.”

The project is encouraging all supporters to tweet Philip Hammond @PhilipHammondUK (Chancellor), Penny Mordaunt @PennyMordaunt (Minister for Women and Equalities) and Damian Hinds @DamianHinds (Secretary of State for Education) to let them know that you back the #FreePeriods campaign for free provision of menstrual products for all children, including those at primary school.

Should you wish to know more about some of the ways in which Milners is supporting our communities in Leeds, Harrogate and Pontefract, please visit our Corporate Social Responsibility webpage here.  If you’d like to know more about the Red Box Project in particular, and how you help us support its work, please do not hesitate to contact this article’s author, legal assistant Eve Kamara, here at Milners on 0113 245 0852, 01423 530103 or email us at hello@milnerslaw.




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