Labour MSPs Monica Lennon and Jackie Baillie.

By Democrat reporter

The Scottish Parliament has backed the principle of providing free period products in Scotland on a universal basis.

The overwhelming majority of MSPs voted in favour of the principles of the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill proposed by Labour MSP Monica Lennon.

The vote follows months of campaigning from dozens of organisations across civic Scotland who succeeded in convincing Scottish Government Ministers to u-turn on their previous opposition to the Bill.

The proposed legislation will now proceed to the next stage, where it will be subject to amendment.

Local MSP for Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh & Lomond Jackie Baillie said:  “This is an amazing victory for everyone who has campaigned for free universal access to period products and who has convinced the Scottish Government to back this ground-breaking Bill.

“Scotland has already taken important steps towards improving access to period products and tackling stigma but legislation will guarantee rights, ensure that current initiatives continue in future on a universal basis, and will help to ensure women and girls never face the indignity of period poverty in Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Lomond.

“MSPs backing the principles of this pioneering legislation at the first stage is a huge step forward, and I hope that all parties will continue to listen to those who would benefit from the Bill as it continues to proceed through Parliament.”


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