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Free Sanitary Products for Anniesland Pupils and Students

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT IN WORLD FIRST

 

I have welcomed the news that free sanitary products will be available to pupils, students and learners at schools, colleges and universities across Anniesland thanks to £5.2 million Scottish Government funding.

Delivering on the SNP’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.

The SNP Government’s £5.2 million investment in free sanitary products will allow students in Anniesland to remain focused on what matters – their studies. Basic sanitary provision is a right, not a privilege based on one's gender.

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 encourage everyone to get firmly behind initiatives like this, including Westminster. 

In addition to the commitment to those in education, the Scottish Government is also providing targeted support for low income families. FareShare will receive more hat £500,000 from the Scottish Government to distribute sanitary products to an estimated 18,800 people across Scotland. 

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