Sup­port for leg­is­la­tion on free pe­riod prod­ucts

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AN open let­ter call­ing for MSPs to sup­port plans to pro­vide free pe­riod prod­ucts has been signed by dozens of char­i­ties, or­gan­i­sa­tions and cam­paign­ers.

Scot­tish Labour’s Monica Len­non is push­ing leg­is­la­tion to en­sure san­i­tary prod­ucts are made avail­able on a uni­ver­sal ba­sis, although the Scot­tish Govern­ment has ar­gued a change in the law is not needed.

The let­ter wel­comes the Govern­ment’s ef­forts to pro­vide free pe­riod prod­ucts in schools, col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties but says there is “wide sup­port across Par­lia­ment and civic Scot­land” for giv­ing women the le­gal right to ac­cess free tam­pons and san­i­tary tow­els.

A range of trade unions and Dis­abil­ity Equal­ity Scot­land are among more than 30 sig­na­to­ries to the let­ter.

Dr Sue Whit­combe gave ev­i­dence in Holy­rood

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