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County Tories vote down Labour plans to end period poverty in Suffolk schools

A Labour motion to yesterday's County Council meeting which would have allocated a £15,000 budget to provide tampons and sanitary towels in all local authority schools was amended out of recognition by Tories who described Labour's plan as “a small amount of cash for a small amount of girls”.

The motion also called for the Council to encourage academies, colleges and pupil referral units to provide the same, and asked for the Council to write to central government demanding VAT be removed from sanitary products.

The Tory amendment removed any financial support from the Council, leading to councillors who supported the motion being forced to vote against or abstain on the amended motion.

Councillor Helen Armitage, Labour spokeswoman for health, said: “It’s not particularly unexpected but a little bit disappointing that for such a small amount of money the Council couldn’t commit.

“The amount of support we have had outside of this chamber has been amazing, from quite young girls all the way up to top businesswomen.”

Councillor Armitage said she would be continuing to pursue measures that could help girls suffering from period poverty, with plans to set up boxes at the county council where tampons and sanitary towels can be donated.

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