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Caledonai14 Fri 17-Aug-18 07:29:23

Congratulations to North Ayrshire Council for becoming the first local authority in the UK to extend free provision of sanitary products to all public buildings including libraries and community centres.

Starting this term, the Scottish Government is already funding such provision to schools and universities, and to women on low incomes, but North Ayrshire's additional all-inclusive approach will ensure these essential items will be much more accessible by all who struggle to afford them...which is one in four of the younger female population, apparently.

Labour MSP Monica Lennon has campaigned effectively for free provision of sanitary products and has received backing from politicians across the Scottish political range, with the addition of the public's response to a survey which showed 96% support. I know this subject has been discussed before, but I thought I'd give an update from north of the border.

gillybob Fri 17-Aug-18 07:34:34

Well deserved Congratulations indeed Caledonail4. Let’s hope many others follow soon ( although sadly I doubt English councils will do) .

annep Sun 09-Sep-18 19:37:59

I wonder how this will work.
I think all women should have some free provision. But its how its put into practice that is difficult.

gillybob Sun 09-Sep-18 19:54:24

A good start would be free supplies in schools .

paddyann Sun 09-Sep-18 20:07:48

schools and colleges throughout Scotland will supply free sanitary products ,Government buildings will be supplied too

annep Sun 09-Sep-18 22:23:35

Have googled it. They will be provided same as toilet paper etc. Fantastic! I hope they do the same in N.Ireland ( if civil servants are allowed to decide!) Fifty years too late for me and others. Some very bad memories. But what a relief this will be for many females especially young girls. This is what I call progress.

gillybob Sun 09-Sep-18 22:23:51

Brilliant Paddyann now if only the backward U.K. government could extend this to England . I doubt it though .

paddyann Sun 09-Sep-18 23:20:20

I hate to say it but the UK government could learn a lot from the Holyrood one.Shame the labour party refused to work with them and instead side with the tories .They work FOR the public not against them .

PECS Mon 10-Sep-18 09:36:54

I think when I was at secondary school you could get sanitary towels if you were ' caught short' but not as a general rule.
No girl/ woman should put be in an uncomfortable or embarrassing position re sanitary protection. Well done places that are sorting this out.
How sad that in one of the wealthiest countries we have young women unable to afford tampons or pads.

annep Mon 10-Sep-18 09:55:02

I agree but its sadder that we ever had the problem. Women don't have a choice with periods. Should always have been free. I hope they arent economy uncomfortable ones.