Scotland: first country in the world to make period products free

11 January 2021

Scotland has become the first country anywhere to provide free period products to ‘anyone who needs them’. 

The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill, which was passed unanimously by MSPs, will put a legal duty on local authorities to supply the provisions.

The bill also enshrines in law the free supply of period products in schools, colleges and universities, which is already happening, and was also a world first.

The bill was introduced by Labour MSP Monica Lennon, who has been campaigning to end period poverty for four years.

During the final debate on the bill, she said: ‘Periods don’t stop for pandemics and the work to improve access to essential tampons, pads and reusables has never been more important.’

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