Decision details

Tackling Period Poverty in Leeds

Reference: D48261

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Director of Children and Families submitted a report which provided an overview of the partnership approach that Leeds was developing in order to tackle both the stigma around periods and also to provide free sanitary products for those who have difficulty accessing them.


Responding to a Member’s comments regarding the need for the proposed scheme to be developed further, the Board received detailed information on the actions which were being taken, including the ongoing engagement and consultation with children and young people and partners, to ensure that the scheme was appropriate and that it effectively met the needs of all those affected across the city.


In conclusion, it was noted that further detail would be submitted to the Board, as the scheme developed. 



(a)  That the proposed approach towards tackling period poverty in Leeds, together with the comments made by Members during the discussion, be noted;


(b)  That the approach proposed in the submitted report to working with partners to address period poverty in the city, be endorsed;


(c)  That the intention to lobby the Government to remove VAT on sanitary products, be supported;


(d)  That it be noted that the responsible officer for the implementation of such matters is the Chief Officer Partnerships and Health.

Publication date: 03/01/2019

Date of decision: 19/12/2018

Decided at meeting: 19/12/2018 - Executive Board

Effective from: 08/01/2019

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