Schools in Wishaw and across North Lanarkshire will be stocked with free sanitary products after the summer break in a bid to tackle period poverty.

In what is understood to be a first for any local authority in Scotland, pupils attending primary, secondary and additional support needs schools will have free access to the products.

The council’s education convener Frank McNally said: “It is totally unacceptable that women and girls struggle to access adequate sanitary products simply because they cannot afford them.

“By ensuring the provision of free products within every school, and hopeful of expanding this to other areas of the council, we are committed to breaking down the barriers associated with period poverty.

“This rollout will benefit pupils in over 150 schools across North Lanarkshire.

“This is one of a number of initiatives aimed at helping our communities deal with the real impact of poverty.

“We are also expanding our breakfast club provision, our innovative Club 365 programme provides free food and activities for eligible children during the holidays and at weekends.

“We have also significantly increased the level of footwear and clothing grants to one of the highest in Scotland.”

North Lanarkshire Council is also looking at ways to extend the scheme universally to other establishments including leisure centres, libraries and community centres.


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