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.

The Scottish Government has invested almost £15 million in total in our world-leading action. We become the first country in the world to make free sanitary products available in all schools, colleges and universities and later expanded this to provide products to those who need them the most in community settings via local authorities and community groups. In 2020, we will continue to improve access to period products through spreading good practice and further expanding our work to tackle the stigma around periods.

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