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SFC helps fight period poverty

#FreePeriod

28 Aug 2018

The Scottish Funding Council is playing a key part in the Scottish Government’s battle to end period poverty.

A new £5.2 million scheme will ensure that all Scotland’s 395,000 school, college and university students have access to free sanitary products. A recent survey by Young Scot found that one in four respondents had struggled to access sanitary products while research from the grassroots group Women for Independence revealed that nearly one on five women had experienced period poverty.

SFC will distribute £1.3 million to colleges and £1.8 million to universities and will help the Scottish Government to support and monitor the scheme.

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said: “I am proud that Scotland is taking this world-leading action to fight period poverty and I welcome the support of local authorities, colleges and universities in implementing this initiative.

“Our £5.2 million investment will mean these essential products will be available to those who need them in a sensitive and dignified way, which will make it easier for students to fully focus on their studies.”