Sanitary product pilot to be rolled out

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Task management to provide free sanitary products in order to women from low income families in Aberdeen is to be rolled out there across the country.

The Scottish government scheme – designed to deal with “period poverty” – was launched within July last year .

The six-month pilot was continuing in March, and has distributed free of charge products to more than 1, 1000 women.

Equalities Admin Angela Constance has announced the particular project will be extended across Scotland.

Campaign inspired by the big screen

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Image caption In “I, Daniel Blake”, solitary mother Katie (Hayley Squires) challenges to afford essentials items

The campaign to offer free feminine hygiene products has been, in part, inspired by the 2016 movie I, Daniel Blake.

The film, a 2016 film aimed by Ken Loach – includes a scene where a good impoverished female character shoplifts the packet of tampons.

Scots scriptwriter Paul Laverty had written the scene after meeting ladies who struggled to afford essential cleanliness products.

The pilot scheme was directed by the Community Food Initiatives Northern East (CFINE) social enterprise, plus was welcomed by anti-poverty campaigners, including The Trussell Trust.

It follows a growing campaign challenging “dignity” for women whose budgets tend not to stretch to sanitary protection.

Microsoft Constance visited CFINE to hear regarding the work, and announced that, following the profitable pilot in Aberdeen, the charitable organisation FareShare will distribute sanitary items from sites around the country, achieving an estimated 18, 800 people.

Ms Constance said: “It is unacceptable that anyone within Scotland should be unable to access hygienic products and I am pleased that we can work with FareShare to make products offered more widely through the services delivered by way of a partners. ”

Gillian Kynoch, head of FareShare within Scotland, said: “We are capable to be working with the Scottish govt to use our network to make hygienic products available to people across Scotland. ”

Labour MSP Monica Lennon welcomed the extension from the scheme, but called for a lawful requirement to ensure free provision within schools, colleges and universities as well as “placing the duty on the Scottish government to provide a free universal system of access”.

She said: “Scotland could be a world leader in tackling time period poverty if we are bold sufficient to take these radical steps. inch

Is this really a problem in Scotland?

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Within 2016, the Trussell Trust charity said of the 133, 500 people who used Scotland’s food banking institutions in the previous financial year, “thousands” obtained feminine hygiene products.

The charity’s Scotland network supervisor, Ewan Gurr, said Scots had been relying on food banks for important toiletries after finding themselves within “difficult financial circumstances” – usually due to benefit sanctions, delayed income or low incomes.

The charity worker said several women had even resorted in order to using toilet roll, socks or even newspaper because they were unable to afford woman sanitary products.

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