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We’ve been challenged often since we began #RedBoxProject as to whether #PeriodPoverty is ‘real’

We’ve seen many more comments since @DavidLammy supported #FreePeriods legal campaign for free menstrual products in all schools, so felt a thread could be useful👇
Sceptics tend to focus on the cheapness of supermarket brands (a packet of 12 pads can cost less than £1) & quite often comment on what is seen as a carelessness/ imprudence on part of parents who fail to provide such products for their kids

There’s so much to unpick!
1) We know period poverty exists because we have independent data that tells us so, e.g.:

@PlanUK’s research found 1 in 10 girls were unable to afford menstrual protection

@YouGov research for @MayorofLondon found 14% of young women had had to improvise sanitary wear
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THREAD: Number of people in the U.K. in #poverty:

Working-age adults: 8.4 million

Children: 4.5 million

Pensioners: 1.4 million

Total: 14.2 million people
#NewPovertyMeasure #UKPovertyMeasure
Percentage (%) of people in #poverty in the U.K in 2016/17:

Children in poverty: 32.6%
Working adults in poverty: 21.5%
Pensioners in poverty: 11.4%

Total U.K. population in poverty: 22.0%
#NewPovertyMeasure #UKPovertyMeasure
Family status of people in #poverty in the U.K. circa 2016/17:

Single parent families: 2.6 million
Couples w/ children: 5.6 million
Single, no children: 3.1 million

#NewPovertyMeasure #UKPovertyMeasure
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