THE government has pledged to provide free sanitary products in schools from today (Monday).

Following a campaign to tackle period poverty — launched by Amika George three years ago, when she was just 17 — the Department for Education has announced state schools and colleges can order free period products including tampons, pads and menstrual cups.

The move has been welcomed by Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely, who said: "I welcome any initiative from the government that enables young people to feel comfortable in their learning environment.

“Our young people can now feel confident about going to school knowing that there is support in place for them.”

From today, schools and colleges will receive an email from supplier the phs Group, giving them access to a range of products, including eco-friendly options.

David Taylor-Smith, chief executive of the phs Group, said: “We have been busy preparing for the launch of this scheme and we are ready for the first wave of demand. We encourage schools and colleges to look out for their activation email and make their first order so they can start offering free products as soon as possible.”