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Period items are free in Scotland from Monday

“We are proud to be the first national government to take such a step,” Secretary Robinson said. Scotland is a pioneer in the fight against “period poverty”.

Almost two years after one A globally unique political decision Period items are available for free in Scotland from Monday. Scottish Social Justice Minister Shauna Robison said in a statement on Sunday that freedom of access was “fundamental to equality and dignity”. From Monday, city administrations and educational institutions are obligated to provide hygiene items to everyone who needs them.

It was the Scottish Regional Parliament In November 2020 unanimously They voted for free access to products in public buildings. “We are proud to be the first national government to take such a step,” Secretary Robinson said.

Scotland is a pioneer in the fight against “period poverty”. Schoolgirls and students are already provided with free sanitary pads and tampons. In some countries (eg Great Britain, France, Germany) VAT on menstrual products lowered. The Austrian National Council has also cut the sales tax on feminine hygiene items in half at the end of 2020 to ten percent. The ÖVP and the Green Party had previously approved the program of their government.

(APA)

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