How much has been spent to date providing sanitary products on the Senedd estate and what is the anticipated ongoing cost of this initiative?
Joyce Watson MS on behalf of the Senedd Commission:
Following consideration of a proposal from Trade Union Side colleagues, the Commission‘s Executive Board agreed to provide free sanitary products on the Senedd estate for anyone who needs them with effect from 2 December 2022.
The costs of providing supplies (including stock not yet utilised) for this service to date are £4,300. The Senedd has removed the sanitary vending machines that were leased previously at a cost of £5,000pa. The costs of provision will in part be offset by these savings.
As it is a new service, the Commission will be actively monitoring the costs of this service over the year, based on usage and provision of supplies.