Period poverty project expanded

Sanitary product

The Scottish Government has made more funding available for free sanitary products

21st January 2019 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

A scheme to tackle period poverty has been expanded.

Further funding to increase the number of places where free sanitary products are available has been announced by Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell.

Local authorities will now have more funding to widen the number and range of places free sanitary products are available locally, increasing the roll-out of the Scottish Government's world leading action and access beyond schools, colleges and universities.

Beginning now and for next financial year, a total of £4 million is being made available to local authorities, who will deliver the expansion. They will work in partnership with other organisations to meet local needs and increase availability.

Announcing the expansion at a visit to Move On, a FareShare food centre involved in distributing sanitary products to low income people, Campbell said: "As the first country in the world to provide access to free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities, we are going even further to increase the number of places where these vital products are available and reach more people on low incomes.

"In a society as rich as Scotland, no one should have to suffer the indignity of not having the means to meet their basic needs. We also want to continue to reduce the stigma and address the overarching gender equality and dignity issues that affect everyone who menstruate, regardless of their income.”

Councillor Kelly Parry, COSLA's community wellbeing spokesperson said: "Extending provision beyond education settings will help ensure that no one experiences disadvantage, anxiety, stigma or embarrassment because of lack of access to suitable products.

"COSLA, and our member councils, were amongst the first organisations in Scotland to offer free sanitary products and this wider role out further enhances this provision."