Assembly Approves New Regulations On Free Period Products

The Assembly has approved new regulations to ensure free period products are available to learners and staff at local further education colleges and higher education institutions.

Welcoming the announcement, Economy Minister Conor Murphy, has said that nobody should miss out on learning because of period poverty,
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The Minister continued: "Research has shown that women can often struggle to afford sanitary products and can find themselves using unsuitable products as a result. In further and higher education settings, students experiencing period poverty can find that they are unable to attend classes or even exams if they do not have access to period products. This is unacceptable and an issue I am glad to be able to address."

The Minister added: "Today's move builds on the success of previous pilot programmes in local further and higher education settings which have seen more than 180,000 period products distributed free and helped reduce period poverty."

The draft Period Products (the Department for the Economy Specified Public Service Bodies) Regulations (NI) 2022 were laid before the Assembly on 29 March 2024 and will come into effect after being approved. The regulations relate to the Department for the Economy's section 2 duties under the Period Products (Free Provision) Act (NI) 2022.

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