Free san­i­tary prod­uct bill could hit £24m

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PRO­VID­ING free san­i­tary prod­ucts for all women who need them could cost more than £24mil­lion a year, the Scot­tish Govern­ment has es­ti­mated.

Labour MSP Mon­ica Lennon is push­ing leg­is­la­tion that would re­quire min­is­ters to en­sure free pe­riod prod­ucts are made avail­able on a universal ba­sis.

The Scot­tish Govern­ment said high up­take could re­sult in an­nual costs of £24.1m – more than dou­ble the £9.7m es­ti­mated by Ms Lennon.

Com­mu­ni­ties Sec­re­tary Aileen Camp­bell told the Labour MSP: “The costs that you have put through are not re­flec­tive of the ac­tual costs.”

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