Date lodged: 15 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what support is available to help homeless women manage menstruation
Answered by: Angela Constance 13 March 2017
Local authorities have the duty to provide appropriate services to address homelessness in their area. However, we recognise that some homeless people, including those who be sleeping rough, may not approach statutory services. The Scottish Government has therefore been working with a range of partners to get more robust data on those that may be rough sleeping and the nature of their needs to help improve the services provided.
The Scottish Government supports the Scottish Welfare Fund which provides a safety net for vulnerable people on low incomes through the provision of Community Care Grants and Crisis Grants. Since the establishment of the Scottish Welfare Fund in April 2013, around 493,000 of Community Care Grants and Crisis Grants totalling £116 million have been awarded.
We are also actively considering what other support the Scottish Government can provide for women and girls on a low income to have access to sanitary products in dignified settings.