Sanitary Product Project Rolled Out

30 May 2018, 12:58 | Updated: 30 May 2018, 12:59

Calendar with sanitary products on it

A project to give free sanitary products to women from low income households is to be rolled out across Scotland.

The scheme, aimed at tackling period poverty, was successfully piloted in Aberdeen.

The Scottish Government is to provide charity FareShare with more than £500,000 to extend it to reach an estimated 18,800 more people.

The organisation will use its centres in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh to begin distributing products over the summer.

Equalities Secretary Angela Constance said: "It is unacceptable that anyone in Scotland should be unable to access sanitary products and I am pleased that we are able to work with FareShare to make products available more widely through the services delivered by their partners."

Head of FareShare in Scotland Gillian Kynoch said: "FareShare works with over 1,000 community organisations and charities across Scotland.

"We are excited to be working with the Scottish Government to use this network to make sanitary products available to people across Scotland."

Free sanitary products will also be available to those at school, college or university from August.