Scotland first in world to make period products free – BBC News

Scotland has become the first country in the world to make period products free for all.

MSPs unanimously approved the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill on Tuesday.

There is now a legal duty on local authorities to ensure that free items such as tampons and sanitary pads are available to “anyone who needs them”.

The bill was introduced by Labour MSP Monica Lennon. She has been campaigning to end period poverty since 2016.

She said it was a “practical and progressive” piece of legislation made all the more vital because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Periods don’t stop for pandemics and the work to improve access to essential tampons, pads and reusables has never been more important,” she added.

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