The law is one of a string of programs designed to tackle period poverty in Scotland, which has certain devolved powers from the UK government.
En 2018, the Scottish government announced that students in schools, colleges and universities across the country would be able to access sanitary products for free, through a £5.2 million ($ 6.3 millón) inversión. En 2019, it allocated another £4 million ($ 4.85 millón) to make period products available without charge in libraries and recreational centers.
In the United Kingdom as a whole, one in 10 'Ciudadanos preocupados Envejecido 14-21 reported having been unable to afford period products, de acuerdo a un 2017 survey from Plan International UK. The survey also found that nearly half were embarrassed by their periods, and about half had missed an entire day of school because of them.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan praised the new law on Twitter and called for more action from the UK government.
“A monumental day for #PeriodDignity
. Credit to the many campaigners
, trade unionists and @MonicaLennon7 who made this a reality
,” Khan tuiteó
. “Now it’s time for the UK Govt to follow suit and put an end to period poverty.
En Enero 2021, the UK abolished the 5% rate of value-added tax (VAT) on menstrual products. Y en 2019, England launched an initiative to provide free sanitary products in schools.
Globally, just a handful of countries have zero tax added to sanitary products, including Canada, India, Australia, Kenya and several US states.
El año pasado, Germany voted to reduce its tax rate on feminine hygiene products after deeming them to be a daily necessity rather than a luxury.