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Free nappies

gewwwygewwwy Member Posts: 1
Does anyone know what the legal rights are to obtaining free nappies for children who are eligible? In my area I've been told there's a waiting list to get free nappies, even if your child fits the Council's eligibility criteria, surely this can't be right?


  • ScopeHelplineScopeHelpline Member Posts: 209 Courageous
    In our experience the quantity, quality and eligibility for supplies are at the discretion of the individual authority and in practice this provision will depend on the priorities and resources of that authority.

    This seems to result in the so-called, 'postcode rationing', in which incontinence product provision is often limited by local financial restraints and rationing of supplies appears to remain widespread.

    However, we would suggest that you challenge being told that you will have to wait by formerly complaining, explaining why it is not reasonable to expect your child to wait.

    We know of two organisations that specialise in advising on incontinence issues so you might want to check with them:


    Bowel and Bladder Foundation:

    Best Wishes
    Scope Helpline Staff
    0808 800 3333
  • abstractLucasabstractLucas Member Posts: 78 Connected
    It is worth asking for their eligibility criteria in writing too - each health authority has it's own guidance, and it might be that they do not consider a child being relient on nappies is unusual until they are (for example) four or five.
  • kelly2016kelly2016 Member Posts: 30 Listener
    edited April 2016
    Hi I didn't know free nappies was available. My child is 10 and the biggest under jams nappies are becoming tight.  Who do I apply to ? 
  • Blue FrogBlue Frog Member Posts: 373 Pioneering
    Kelly, is there a school nurse? They usually sort things like this out. Or if not, try your GP :)
  • kelly2016kelly2016 Member Posts: 30 Listener
    Okay that's great.  I will speak to the school nurse   thank you  :)
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