School period product progress


23rd October 2020

The efforts of Dundee secondary and primary schools to provide free period products for pupils will be outlined to the children and families services committee on Monday October 26.

A report will highlight that as schools and council buildings were shut in spring as a response to the coronavirus crisis, a partnership between the council and Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action established an online ordering system which provided a home delivery service of period products.

A dedicated email address and phone number were established to enable ordering and delivery of period products to residents by volunteers within a week. Since the service has been established, a total of 350 deliveries have been made.

The committee will hear that these successful partnerships will continue to shape the school and community delivery models of free access to period products in the city.

A report details how the Period Products in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2020 are coming into force this month across Scotland.

Depute committee convener Councillor Roisin Smith said: “I am pleased at the rate of progress that has been made across Dundee and proud of the role that young people have played.

“This is an important step in making Dundee a better and fairer city.

Cllr Smith added: “The report shows how we are committed to provide sensitive and sensible solutions.

“I would also like to praise all those who have been involved in the delivery service to keep supplies ongoing during the pandemic.”

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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