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Sanitary products free in schools and colleges?

Sanitary products free in schools and colleges?

Teaching union says ‘period poverty’ is particularly acute during Christmas season 


A teaching union is highlighting the pressure that the high cost of sanitary products adds at Christmas, when many family budgets are pushed to their limit.

The intervention comes in the week that a demonstration was held outside Westminster as part of a protest against "period poverty", involving well-known figures including model Daisy Lowe and former government spin doctor Alastair Campbell.

The EIS, Scotland’s biggest union for teachers and lecturers, is backing a member’s bill in the Scottish Parliament that would lead to free access to sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities.

A consultation on the bill, proposed by Labour MSP Monica Lennon, comes after a range of initiatives to tackle period poverty in Scottish schools and colleges.

South Lanarkshire College, for example, introduced a scheme to provide free sanitary products to students – a move that, when announced earlier this year, led Ms Lennon to say that Scotland could “lead the world in eradicating period poverty”.  

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