The Press

Brave men­strual move

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Scot­land is set to be­come the world’s first coun­try to make men­strual prod­ucts free for any­one who needs them, if newleg­is­la­tion is voted through. The Pe­riod Prod­ucts (Free Pro­vi­sion) (Scot­land) Bill is de­signed to en­sure that prod­ucts like tam­pons and pads are free for those who need them in pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties na­tion­wide. The es­ti­mated cost would be about £24 mil­lion (NZ$46m) an­nu­ally. The bill was in­tro­duced by Scot­tish MP Mon­ica Len­non to tackle ‘‘pe­riod poverty’’, where those who need men­strual prod­ucts strug­gle to af­ford them. In 2018, Scot­land made men­strual prod­ucts free in schools, col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties.

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