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Views invited on free period products bill
Whether period products should be freely available by law across Scotland is a question being posed to the public by Holyrood’s Local Government & Communities Committee.
The committee is inviting views to inform its stage 1 consideration of the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill, introduced by Labour MSP Monica Lennon, which would ensure everyone in Scotland who needs to use period products can obtain them free of charge through a “period products scheme”. It was introduced following a campaign to tackle “period poverty”, which describes difficulty in being able to afford period products.
If passed, the bill would see schools and colleges across Scotland provide period products free of charge. The Scottish Government would have the power to place other public organisations under this duty in future, and could compensate organisations for the cost of providing products.
Committee convener James Dornan MSP said: “No one who needs period products should have to go without them because they can’t afford or access them.
“Currently free period products are supplied across schools, colleges and universities and under voluntary schemes by other public and community bodies. But we want to know if this goes far enough and whether this should become a legal duty.
“We’d like to hear whether people feel the bill will help tackle this issue, or if there are any other approaches which would work better.”
Click here for further information and to access the call for evidence. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 5 November 2019.