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Sanitary Protection: VAT

Question for Women and Equalities

UIN 4361, tabled on 11 July 2017

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what funding the Government Equalities Office plans to make available to tackle period poverty; and whether she plans to meet her equivalent in the Scottish Parliament to discuss its initiative to provide sanitary products to women and girls on low incomes.

Answered on

5 September 2017

No girl should be held back from reaching her potential because of her gender.

Current guidance to schools on Relationship and Sex Education encourages schools to make adequate and sensitive arrangements to help girls cope with menstruation and with requests for sanitary protection.

We have taken note of the Scottish Government’s pilot programme to provide free access to sanitary products for low-income women and female pupils and are looking for opportunities to discuss this further with them.

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Women and Equalities
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