SNP MSP Christina McKelvie welcomes the new Period Products Act coming into force this week, on the 15th of August.

Scotland is the first country in the world to protect the right to free period products by law.

Education providers and Councils are now legally obliged to make period products available free of charge to anyone who may need them since the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act came into force on Monday the 15th of August.

Since 2017, the Scottish Government has invested more than £27 million to fund access in a range of public settings and the new law will cement this progress.

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Christina McKelvie, SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse said:

“This act shows that Scotland is leading the way for the rest of the world to follow, allowing anyone who may need to access period products to access them for free, recognising that period products are not a luxury but a necessity.

“The Scottish Government is providing £3.4 million in 2022-23 for access to free period products for students.

“Since 2018 the Scottish Government has been delivering ground-breaking action by providing free period products for pupils and students in all our schools, colleges and universities. I am proud that Scotland is the first country in the world to have such a monumental law.”

People can find their nearest collection point through the PickupMyPeriod mobile app which was launched earlier this year by social enterprise Hey Girls with Scottish Government support.