How are the SNP tackling ‘period poverty’?

The SNP believe it is unacceptable that any woman or girl in Scotland should be unable to access sanitary products due to ‘period poverty’, where they cannot afford to buy these essential products. We want to make sanitary products easily accessible to those who need them, without stigma.

We have become the first country in the world to make free sanitary products available in all schools, colleges and universities. 

Following the roll-out in schools and universities, the Scottish Government is providing an extra £4 million funding to expand the number of places where free sanitary products are available. The funding is being made available to Scottish councils who will work in partnership with other organisations to meet local needs.

In addition, the Scottish Government provided £500,000 to expand access to sanitary products for low-income families. Run by FareShare, the scheme will distribute sanitary products to an estimated 18,800 people across Scotland.

At Westminster, we will also continue to hold the UK government to their commitment to remove VAT from sanitary products.