Par­ties aim to beat ‘pe­riod poverty’

Schools could of­fer free san­i­tary prod­ucts

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Ste­fanie Mccourt

Schools across South La­nark­shire could of­fer free san­i­tary prod­ucts to pupils in a bid to tackle “pe­riod poverty”.

Chair­per­son of the Ed­u­ca­tion Re­sources Com­mit­tee, Coun­cil­lor Katy Loudon, has an­nounced that the lo­cal author­ity sup­ports “in prin­ci­ple the pro­vi­sion of free san­i­tary prod­ucts to school pupils”.

Coun­cil­lor Loudon said: “Tack­ling pe­riod poverty is an is­sue that I have been cam­paign­ing on for a num­ber of years.

“It is sim­ply un­ac­cept­able that any woman or girl in Scot­land should be un­able to ac­cess san­i­tary pro­tec­tion due to poverty.

“We know that school chil­dren face chal­lenges when ac­cess­ing san­i­tary prod­ucts, and whilst there are projects cur­rently in place to help, we do not be­lieve they go far enough.

“That is why I am de­lighted that we are con­sid­er­ing how best to sup­ply free, eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble san­i­tary prod­ucts in schools across South La­nark­shire.

“Such a project, along with the work un­der­taken by the Scot­tish Govern­ment, will go some way to tack­ling the scourge of pe­riod poverty and give pupils the sup­port and dig­nity they de­serve.”

The move was wel­comed by Cly­des­dale West coun­cil­lor, and the South La­nark­shire Labour group’s press of­fi­cer, Lynsey Hamil­ton.

She said: “Pe­riod poverty is an is­sue I have cam­paigned against, and it’s time san­i­tary prod­ucts were freely avail­able to young learn­ers.

“Last week I had a meet­ing with coun­cil leader John Ross to pro­pose this in our schools and he com­mit­ted to take this idea to the SNP group meet­ing.

“I am de­lighted that the SNP group agreed to take it for­ward and I look for­ward to hear­ing the pro­pos­als of how it will be im­ple­mented.

“I’m con­fi­dent the cross-party agree­ment be­tween Labour and the SNP will de­liver progress quickly for the ben­e­fit of our pupils.

“Pe­ri­ods are not widely dis­cussed as a health and well­be­ing is­sue and that needs to change. In this day and age, girls should not be miss­ing class be­cause they can’t af­ford tam­pons in over-priced dis­pensers or that no san­i­tary prod­ucts are avail­able.

“Mon­ica Len­non MSP is con­sult­ing on a pro­posed Mem­ber’s Bill to leg­is­late for a world-lead­ing scheme to end pe­riod poverty and I was pleased to take part in the launch event in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.

“Mon­ica has se­cured the back­ing of trades unions and other prom­i­nent or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“I’m proud that here in South La­nark­shire, along with other coun­cils, we are will­ing to lead by ex­am­ple.”

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