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FREE SANITARY PRODUCTS FOR SOUTH LANARKSHIRE PUPILS AND STUDENTS
Local MSP, Clare Haughey, has welcomed the news that free sanitary products will be available to pupils, students and learners at schools, colleges and universities across South Lanarkshire thanks to £5.2 million Scottish Government funding.
Delivering on the SNP Scottish Government’s Programme for Government commitment to fight ‘period poverty’ in Scottish schools, colleges and universities – this initiative makes the Scottish Government the first in the world to make free sanitary products available to all pupils and students.
Following a successful pilot scheme in Aberdeen last year, the Scottish Government also provided the charity, FareShare, with over £500,000 to distribute free sanitary products to women on low incomes across the country.
Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey said:
“The Scottish Government’s £5.2 million investment in free sanitary products will allow students in Rutherglen and Cambuslang to remain focused on what matters – their studies.
“Basic sanitary provision is a right, not a privilege.
“The notion that anyone should struggle to buy essential hygiene products is simply not acceptable and we should be proud that Scotland is leading the way in the fight against period poverty.
“I would encourage everyone to get firmly behind initiatives like this, including the UK government.”
In addition to the commitment for those in education, the Scottish Government is also providing targeted support for low income families. FareShare will receive more than £500,000 from the Scottish Government to distribute sanitary products to an estimated 18,800 people across Scotland.
Date published: 27th August 2018