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Scotland gets app for free period products

14/01/22

Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Scottish Government has launched a mobile to help users identify locations where period products can be obtained for free.

Named PickupMyPeriod, it currently links to over 700 venues in many communities where free products are available. The announcement said the number is expected to grow as more local authorities sign up to use the app.

Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison said: “The app is a fantastic tool that will help everyone who wants to access free period products for themselves, a family member or friend to easily find them in many places across Scotland.

“I’m thankful for the support of local authorities in the implementation of access to free period products in Scotland. Young women and girls have been crucial in developing the best ways to access products to meet their needs and I’m grateful to them for sharing their views.”

Scotland was the first country in the world to make period products widely available for free – firstly in schools, colleges and universities, then more widely. Last year the Scottish Government passed legislation, to come fully into force in January 2023, to make the products obtainable free of change for anyone who needs them.

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