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Period products law comes into force today

The Period Products Act, which requires local authorities and education providers to make free sanitary products available to those who need them, comes into force today. Scottish Labour's Monica Lennon, who proposed the legislation before it won the unanimous backing of MSPs in 2020, commented: "Local authorities and partner organisations have worked hard to make the legal right to access free period products a reality. I'm grateful to them and the thousands of people who have got involved across the country." Scotland will become the first country in the world to protect the right to free period products when the act comes into force. Social justice secretary Shona Robison underlined the importance of the legislation in the face of the cost-of-living crisis, and expressed her gratitude for the young women and girls who she said had been “crucial” in developing the law change.

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