[Ed. – ‘Period poverty’?]
A council is to offer free sanitary products in all its public buildings in a bid to tackle “period poverty”.
North Ayrshire Council said it was the first UK local authority to extend free provision to all libraries, community centres and other public offices.
Sanitary products will be offered via vending machines in toilets in up to 100 buildings.
The council was already one of the first to introduce free sanitary products in secondary schools.
Since launching that initiative last August, young woman have benefitted from over 13,000 free sanitary towels and tampons while at school.
Council leader Joe Cullinane said: “Sanitary products are a necessity, not a choice.
“I wish for no women or girl here in North Ayrshire to find themselves in the embarrassing and often degrading situation of having to use improper sanitary protection simply because they cannot afford it.