An £845,000 fund will ensure sanitary products are available to learners in Welsh colleges, free of charge, following an announcement made by the Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister Kirsty Williams today.
It follows the recent announcement of £2.3m to provide sanitary products in Welsh schools. Today’s announcement, made in a Welsh Assembly statement, means period poverty will be tackled in colleges as well as schools - ensuring more young women are supported.
Once again, products will be made accessible in the most practical and appropriate way, with colleges encouraged to support environmentally sustainable products.
Speaking in the National Assembly for Wales today, Kirsty Williams said:
“Members will be aware that we recently announced a further £2.3m to make period products available to learners in all schools, free of charge.
“I am pleased today to also announce additional funding of £845,000 to offer the same free service to learners at Further Education colleges.
“As well as supporting our disadvantaged young women, the funding will go wider – focussing on dignity, equality and well-being.”
Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, commented:
“Young women should never have to miss out on their education because they can’t afford sanitary products. That’s true in schools and it’s true in colleges, which is why this funding is so important.
“Welsh Liberal Democrats want to remove barriers in education and tackling period poverty is one of the ways we’re doing that.”