Tackling period poverty

Free sanitary products are available in 150 community buildings across North Lanarkshire

Period poverty launch 2019

Products have been placed in public toilets in council libraries, community centres and leisure facilities, as well as health centres and the premises of other local organisations.

This follows the council's decision last year to provide sanitary products in all secondary schools.

"Period poverty is a real issue in Scotland, with many people struggling to pay for sanitary products," said Councillor Heather McVey, Convener of Communities and Housing.

"The feedback from pupils in our secondary schools, where free products are now available, has been very positive with people no longer feeling anxious about missing school because they are unable to afford products.

"By making products available in council buildings in our communities, we're making a positive, practical difference to the lives of anyone who menstruates and, we hope, removing some of the stigma around the issue."

Funding for the project came from the Scottish Government.

A full list of locations where sanitary products are available will soon become available on the council's web site.

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