Calls for evidence

Committees carry out in-depth scrutiny inquiries into issues and make recommendations. Part of the process for gathering information is to launch a call for evidence. Calls for evidence will be advertised here.

Period Poverty – Call for Evidence

By Councillor Rob Pocock, Chair of the Health & Social Care Scrutiny Committee at Birmingham City Council.

The key question and aim of the Inquiry is “How can a sustainable supply of free sanitary products be made available to females in educational establishments and council run buildings and, through engagement with our partners, more widely in buildings/venues across the City?”

The committee wishes to investigate the following lines of enquiry:

  • Ascertain the current position with regard to supplying free sanitary products to females in educational establishments in Birmingham.
  • Investigate what information is available to establishments regarding sourcing free sanitary products and accessing central government funding.
  • Ascertain what Birmingham City Council can do, by working and co-ordinating with partner organisations in the public and private sector and sponsors, to improve and widen provision locally.

An inquiry is only as good as the evidence it receives.  This is why we want people across the whole of our city to get involved.  We would welcome a written statement of your views and experience on any of the above points, along with any other comments you might have.  We will collect all the written submissions and use these as evidence to support our work.

We hope that you will use this opportunity to get involved in what we believe will be an influential piece of work.

If you would like any further information about this Scrutiny Inquiry or how to submit written evidence, please email or call 0121 303 1901.

The Inquiry group asks that written submissions are in Microsoft Word format wherever possible and are no longer than four pages. Please include contact details of the person or organisation submitting the evidence.

If sending the submission by email, this should be sent to  If you would prefer to send a hard copy through the post, it can be sent to The Scrutiny Office, Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB.

The deadline for written submissions is Friday 31 May 2019.

Full details can be downloaded here

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