Jeremy welcomes consultation on proposal to increase provision of Changing Places toilets

Jeremy has welcomed the launch of a consultation on improving the provision of Changing Places toilets.

The consultation, launched on 12 May, puts forward proposals to mandate these facilities in specific new, large buildings visited by the public, including major refurbishments.

The consultation seeks views on the thresholds at which the facilities will be made mandatory in new or largely refurbished buildings of different types, such as overall floor space, visitor numbers or attendance capacity. It also seeks views on the size of Changing Places toilets as well as the range of equipment that must be included.

Changing Places toilets are larger accessible toilets for severely disabled people, with equipment such as hoists, curtains, adult-sized changing benches and enough space for carers.

There are over 1,300 Changing Places toilets in the UK, up from just 140 in 2007, but more are needed to support the more than a quarter of a million people who need them in the UK.

The proposals, if implemented, are expected to add the toilets to more than 150 new buildings a year, including shopping centres, supermarkets, cinemas, stadiums and arts venues.

Commenting, Jeremy said: “Increasing the provision of Changing Places toilets will give severely disabled people and their families the opportunity to visit public places which they otherwise would not be able to and can therefore make a huge difference to their quality of life.”

The consultation closes on 21 July and can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/changing-places-toilets