29/04/2024

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,
News Image
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.




Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

13 June 2024
Minister Lyons Recognises Voluntary Sector's Employment Support
Communities Minister, Gordon Lyons, acknowledges the voluntary sector's role in supporting employment for those facing barriers at the 'Building an Inclusive Labour Market' conference. The conference which was organised by NICVA, the representative body for the sector, took place at Stormont Hotel.
02 April 2024
Education Minister Welcomes Progress On Teacher's Pay
Education Minister, Paul Givan, has welcomed further progress on a pay settlement for teachers following the Department of Finance's approval of the pay award. All five recognised teachers' unions (INTO, NAHT, NASUWT, NEU, UTU) have signalled their acceptance of the teachers' pay offer for 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24.
09 February 2024
Education Minister Commits To 'World Class Education System'
New Education Minister, Paul Givan, has pledged to build on Northern Ireland's reputation for providing a high quality, innovative and inclusive world class education system. Speaking after visiting Rathmore Grammar School, the Minister said: "Education is the cornerstone of our society.
12 October 2021
New Period Products Bill To Be Introduced Into The Assembly
A new Period Products Bill, which aims to address period poverty across Northern Ireland by making free period products available in schools, colleges and all other public buildings, is to be introduced into the Assembly. The Bill, introduced by the SDLP's Pat Catney, is due to undergo its first reading in the Assembly.
03 October 2023
SDLP Calls For Delivery Of Free Period Products In NI
The SDLP has called for the delivery of free period products in Northern Ireland. East Derry MLA Cara Hunter made the call following a Menstruation Matters event at Stormont on Monday, 02 October.