Free sanitary products to be made available in all schools and colleges in Fife

Pupils will have access to free sanitary products in schools and colleges
Pupils will have access to free sanitary products in schools and colleges

All pupils, students and learners at schools, colleges and universities across the Kingdom thanks to £5.2 million of 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 which operated across Aberdeen last year, the Scottish Government also provided the charity, FareShare, with over £500,000 in grant funding to distribute free sanitary products to women who are on low incomes right across the country.

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Mid Fife and Glenrothes MSP Jenny Gilruth has welcomed the news, commenting: “The Scottish Government’s £5.2 million investment in free sanitary products will allow students in Fife 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 what has become known as ‘period poverty’.

“I would encourage everyone to get firmly behind initiatives like this, including the UK government, and lets finally bring the shame and embarrassment of having to ask for help to an end.”