Scotland to spend N11.4bn on free sanitary products for women
Kindly Share This Story Web image The Scottish parliament is due on Tuesday to approve plans to make sanitary products freely available to all women, making it the first nation in the world to do so. The legislation would make products such as tampons and sanitary pads free for all women in Scotland, available at designated public places such as community centres, youth clubs and pharmacies. The plan is expected to pass its first vote in the devolved Scottish parliament on Tuesday. The Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Bill was proposed by Scottish lawmaker Monica Lennon, who first submitted a draft proposal in 2017. The cost is expected to be around 24.1 million pounds (which is N11,461,333,313.55 at the rate of £1 to N475.57). Lennon said “These are not luxury items. They are indeed essential and no one in Scotland should have to go without period products,’’ adding that the bill was about period dignity. “We are changing the culture and it’s really exciting that other countries right around the world are watching very closely to see what we do.’’ A consultation document proposed modeling the scheme on the card-based system for free condoms, where users register for a free card or voucher to exchange for the products. [READ ALSO] Scotland’s Communities Secretary, Aileen Campbell, said, “We will continue our world-leading action promoting wider period dignity through a certification scheme to encourage organisations to provide free products.’’ Scotland in 2018 provided free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities. Sanitary products in the United Kingdom are currently taxed at 5 percent the so-called “tampon tax’’. Former Prime Minister David Cameron’s government said it wanted to end the unpopular tax but that its hands were tied by European Union rules which set tax rates for certain products. The government announced it would drop the tax in 2016, but this has not happened yet, the issue having been pushed to the sidelines during the Brexit process. The Scottish government’s briefing on the bill said there is no tax on period products in Ireland, Canada, Australia, Kenya, India, Columbia, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Nigeria, Uganda, Lebanon and Trinidad and Tobago. Lennon joined a rally gathered outside the Scottish parliament building in Edinburgh, and held a sign which said, “access to menstrual products is a right. Period.’’ The bill is due to be debated today. (Reuters/NAN) DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON Receive Alerts on: Read more: The Punch Newspapers
Some will steal this money in Nigeria Bring this Down to Nigeria and they will corruption the money... Now that's what you call governance! May God bless Scotland! Condom is shared in my country. Nigeria is spending on terrorist boko haram that has killed hundreds of thousand people. Useless, clueless Nigeria politicians. Thieves
These are countries that think and care about the citizenry. God needs to create a different Hell fire for everyone involved with governance in Nigeria... Great... More sponsors please Can’t imagine why condom (when sex is optional) is mostly free and subsidized while sanitary pad ( when period is not optional) is very expensive.
And Nigeria is still tax this item A good reason to abolish nassnigeria
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