Scotland: students offered free sanitary products to end ‘period poverty’

07 November 2018

The Scottish Government has announced a £5.2m plan to help banish ‘period poverty’ by offering free sanitary products to all students.

Scotland is the first country to make sanitary products available free to all its students and pupils – 395,000 of them.

Communities secretary Aileen Campbell said: ‘In a country as rich as Scotland, it’s unacceptable that anyone should struggle to buy basic sanitary products.

‘I am proud that Scotland is taking this world-leading action to fight period poverty, and I welcome the support of local authorities, colleges and universities in implementing this initiative.

‘These essential products will be available to those who need them in a sensitive and dignified way, which will make it easier for students to fully focus on their studies.’

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