SCHOOL pupils and students across Cumnock and Doon Valley will be able to collect free sanitary products in their place of learning.

The area's MSP Jeane Freeman has welcomed the news which has been made possible by Scottish Government funding of £5.2m.

Charity FareShare are also providing free sanitary products to woman on low incomes alongside the government initiative.

Ms Freeman, MSP for Carrick Cumnock and Doon Valley said: “The SNP Government’s £5.2 million investment in free sanitary products will allow students in Carrick Cumnock and Doon Valley to remain focused on what matters – their studies.

“Basic sanitary provision is a right, not a privilege.

“The notion that anyone should struggle to buy essential hygiene products is simply not acceptable and we should be proud that Scotland is leading the way in the fight against period poverty.

“I would encourage everyone to get firmly behind initiatives like this, including the UK government.”