Renfrewshire pupils and students to receive free sanitary products Renfrewshire pupils and students to receive free sanitary products
Free sanitary products will be available to pupils, students and learners at schools, colleges and universities in Renfrewshire after a new £5.2 million fund.... Renfrewshire pupils and students to receive free sanitary products

Free sanitary products will be available to pupils, students and learners at schools, colleges and universities in Renfrewshire after a new £5.2 million fund.

The Scotland wide project sees the Scottish Government become the first Government in the world to make free sanitary products available to all pupils and students. The scheme is aimed at helping banish the scourge of ‘period poverty’ for Scotland’s 395,000 school pupils, college students and university students.

Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank councillor Natalie Don welcomed the news. She said: “The SNP Government’s £5.2 million investment in free sanitary products will allow students in Renfrewshire to remain focused on what matters – their studies.”

“Many of us know what it is like to struggle for these products and it is a horrible feeling. Periods are a part of life but they shouldn’t be a point of inequality.

“Basic sanitary provision is a right and it is unacceptable that anyone should suffer the embarrassment and distress caused by period poverty.

“No-one should have to struggle for sanitary products – it is simply not acceptable and I am very 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.”

The Scottish Government 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.

“Our £5.2 million investment will mean 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.”

SNP MSP Tom Arthur, Renfrewshire South, said: “The SNP Government’s £5.2 million investment in free sanitary products will allow students in Renfrewshire 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.”

The Scottish Government has worked closely with partners including the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), Colleges Scotland, Universities Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council to ensure the availability of products reflects the views and needs of learners.

  • carron hamilton

    27 August 2018 #1 Author

    why not offering moon cups as an affordable and sustainable option?

    Reply

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