Support to end 'period poverty' extended in South Ayrshire

 28 June 2018  |  

Hundreds of women will soon benefit from South Ayrshire Council's drive to end 'period poverty'. The Council, working in partnership with South Ayrshire Women's Aid, is extending the provision of free sanitary products as part of a pilot project.

An estimated 600 to 1,200 vulnerable women could benefit from initial funding of £5,000, with products being distributed through South Ayrshire Women's Aid hostels and rural outreach programme, in Social Work offices and in homeless accommodation.

While the issue is currently being debated in the Scottish Parliament, South Ayrshire Council has been working proactively to support women's rights through targeted new provision for those most in need.

The move comes just weeks after South Ayrshire Council pledged to make free sanitary products available in secondary schools to support the equality, dignity and rights of young women and to ensure that the lack of access to products doesn't affect their education.

Councillor Laura Brennan-Whitefield, who originally tabled a Council motion for an extended programme, said the latest development was welcome, "This positive move will help make a huge difference to the day-to-day lives of hundreds of women across South Ayrshire, many of whom are coping with complex personal issues.

"By removing the burden of so-called period poverty we're leading by example and redefining our expectations for basic human rights and the way we want to live.

"I welcome the move to extend the provision of free sanitary products from our schools out to women living across South Ayrshire and look forward to seeing further progress in the months ahead."

The pilot project will be reviewed after an initial three month period to assess the take-up rate with a further report to be considered by Councillors later this year.