Julia Hartley-Brewer: 'Sanitary products are the least of homeless people's problems'

Julia Hartley-Brewer: 'Sanitary products are the least of homeless people's problems'

Julia thinks buying tampons are the least of homeless people's worries

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Julia Hartley-Brewer says she is perplexed about the idea of "period poverty" and thinks sanitary products are the least of homeless people's worries.

Labour MSP Monica Lennon is launching a consultation on a member's bill which, if enacted, would mean the Scottish Government has to provide sanitary products for women in the country.

Lennon told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "It’s actually a bigger issue than people probably realise, partly because it’s an issue that’s just not talked about.

"There are some people on the streets who are homeless who don’t really have the choices the rest of us have."

But Julia said: "If you’re living on the streets your inability to buy tampons is probably the least of your problems." Lennon argued that if "you’ve got menstrual blood leaking through your clothes I think that’s a major problem."

During the interview Julia went on to say: "I’m absolutely perplexed as to why we think in the UK, with the benefits we have at the current time in this country... that anyone living in anywhere resembling mainstream society can’t afford sanitary products.

"It seems to me that we are creating a traumatic problem that simply doesn’t exist."

Listen to the full interview above

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