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Proposal for free sanitary products in schools

Published Wednesday, 30 August 2017

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The chair of the council's Education Resources Committee has supported in principle free sanitary products for school pupils.

Councillor Katy Loudon, the chair of the committee, made the announcement today. In a bid to tackle ‘period poverty’, Councillor Loudon said such an initiative would “provide dignity for families whose budgets do not stretch to sanitary protection.”

The announcement follows the Scottish Government’s pilot project to give free sanitary products to over 1000 women from low income households in Aberdeen.

Following representations from Councillor Loudon, the Executive Director of Education has been asked to investigate the best way to issue free, easily accessible sanitary products in South Lanarkshire’s secondary schools.

Katy said: “Tackling ‘period-poverty’ is an issue that I have been campaigning on for a number of years, so I am delighted to see the Scottish Government acting to tackle the problem head-on.

"It is simply unacceptable that any woman or girl in Scotland should be unable to access sanitary protection due to poverty.

“We know that school children face challenges when accessing sanitary products, and whilst there are projects currently in place to help, we do not believe they go far enough.

“That is why I am delighted that we are considering how best to supply free, easily accessible sanitary products in schools across South Lanarkshire.

“Such a project, along with the work undertaken by the Scottish Government, will go some way to tackling the scourge of period poverty and give pupils the support and dignity they deserve."