Equality News Update: BBC News: Free sanitary products scheme expands in Scotland

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Free sanitary products will be available in more public places after the Scottish government committed another £4m to tackle period poverty.

Libraries and leisure centres are among venues that will have free products after they were offered in schools, colleges and universities last August.

The funding will be given to councils who will work with other organisations to meet local needs.

Funding for sanitary items is available now and for the next financial year.

‘Suffer the indignity’

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell announced the money on a visit to a food centre that helps distribute sanitary products to people on low incomes in Glasgow.

She said: “In a society as rich as Scotland, no one should have to suffer the indignity of not having the means to meet their basic needs.

“We also want to continue to reduce the stigma and address the overarching gender equality and dignity issues that affect everyone who menstruates, regardless of their income.”

She was told by staff at Move On in the city of one woman who used the £7 a month she had saved from being able to access free sanitary products to pay for extra football training for her son.

She said: “This is about the juggling act that many women and families are having to do in life, and often it will be their needs that will go to the bottom of the pile.

Read more at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-46904775

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