The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have recently launched a public consultation on how they can increase the provision of Changing Places toilets in specific new, large buildings commonly used by the public, as well as those undergoing building works.
These toilet facilities are essential to meet the needs of many disabled people through the provision of extra space, and additional but vital equipment such as height adjustable changing benches and hoists, and above all a safe and clean environment to enable disabled people to participate equally in daily activities.
In the UK, there are 1,305 Changing Places facilities but many more are required to meet the needs of disabled people.
At this link, you will find a map of Changing Place Toilets: http://changingplaces.uktoiletmap.org/
Recently we (SDN) were invited to talk on BBC Radio Shropshire about the lack of accessible toilet facilities in Shropshire. Irene Constable from BOT’s (Bums on Tums) also spoke about the need for stoma friendly loos.
The government proposal in the consultation should introduce approximately 150 new facilities a year. This is on top of a recent announcement by the Department for Transport of a £2m fund for Changing Places to be installed in motorway service stations, and a similar amount through the Department of Health to install them in 100 hospitals.
We (Shropshire Disability Network) as a charity have responded to the consultation and would encourage individuals as well as other organisations to take part by responding by post, on-line or email.
To read the Consultation proposals click this link: Changing_Places_Toilets_consultation
To respond to the Consultation on-line, click here and scroll down to “Respond on-line” and click on it : https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/changing-places-toilets
Alternatively you can respond by email [email protected] or write to Changing Places Consultation ,2SW Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF
This consultation closes on Sunday 21st July 2019 at 2345