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by Kirsteen Paterson
15 August 2022
Free period products law comes into force in Scotland

A supporter of the Period Products Bill attends a rally at the Scottish Parliament

Free period products law comes into force in Scotland

New legislation requiring councils and other bodies to make free period products available comes into force today.

Scotland is the first country in the world to put the right to free sanitary products into law.

The Period Products Act also applies to education providers and was given unanimous backing by the Scottish Parliament. 

Social justice secretary Shona Robison said the cost-of-living crisis made the move particularly timely: "We are proud to be the first national government in the world to take such action. 

"This is more important than ever at a time when people are making difficult choices due to the cost-of-living crisis.

"We never want anyone to be in a position where they cannot access period products."

Labour's Monica Lennon, who campaigned for the provision, said councils and partner organisations have "worked hard to make the legal right to access free period products a reality".

She said: "This is another milestone for period dignity campaigners and grassroots movements which shows the difference that progressive and bold political choices can make. 

"As the cost-of-living crisis takes hold, the Period Products Act is a beacon of hope which shows what can be achieved when politicians come together for the good of the people we serve."

Celia Hodson, founder of Musselburgh social enterprise Hey Girls, which has been providing sanitary items to local authorities since 2018, said "Scotland is leading the way in recognising that period products are not a luxury and should be freely available to all".

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