Scotland has become the first nation to offer free feminine hygiene products to any citizen who has lived there for at least two years.
As of Monday, councils and education service providers in Scotland will be legally bound to ensure that free sanitary products are available to anyone who needs them.
MP Monica Lennon, who initiated the legislation which was passed by parliament, reacted quickly to the situation on Twitter. “Proud of what we have achieved in Scotland. We are the first but won't be the last,” she said.
“As the cost of living crisis sets in, the Vintage Goods Act is a beacon of hope that shows what can be achieved when politicians come together for the good of the people we serve,” she added, in an interview with Sky News.
At present, tampons, pads and some reusable products are funded in schools, colleges and universities in Scotland. Since 2017, around £27m has been spent on providing access in public places.