Charity welcomes move to provide free sanitary products to Aberdeen schools

Dave Simmers

A new scheme will be introduced to provide free sanitary products in schools across the Aberden in a bid to tackle “period poverty”.

Councillors agreed yesterday to commit £40,000 in 2018/19 to deliver the free distribution scheme in the city’s schools.

Aberdeen City Council co-leader Douglas Lumsden said: “We want every young person to have equality, to feel valued and understood.

“There are also the added advantages of improving attainment, attendance and participation in education for the benefit of individuals, communities and the city as a whole.”

A pilot is currently under way in Aberdeen to provide free sanitary products to around 1,000 women and girls from low-income families.

The Scottish Government project, backed by £42,500 of funding, is run by social enterprise Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE).

Dave Simmers, CFINE CEO, said the funding was a “welcome development”.

He added: “Any initiative designed to alleviate ‘period poverty’ is welcome and well done to Aberdeen City Council for taking this initiative.

“The Scottish Government has agreed from August this year that all school, college and university students will have access to free sanitary products.”