Claims that period poverty is a
problem in the Medway Towns are a "gross exaggeration", according to a leading
Research shows all but one of the
area's secondary schools provide sanitary products for pupils, with an average
of between 10 and 15 products taken each week.
The school which does not
currently have such a facility is an all-boys, although it does have a cohort
of sixth form girls.
Cabinet member Councillor Adrian Gulvin
(Conservative) said: "When the issue was first raised at full council (in May), it appeared
we had a terrible problem here in Medway.
"That proved to be a gross
exaggeration, but that's not to say there aren't areas where improvements can
The council's public health team
is now working with Medway Youth Trust and Medway Foodbank, with the latter
having seen an increase in sanitary items donations since the issue was first
Of 185 teenagers surveyed by the
public health team, 36 had heard of girls missing class because they did not
have the right feminine hygiene products for their periods.