The Minister responded that the government will be outlining the consultation before the Easter recess.
This builds on the “Changing Places Toilets Campaign” Early Day Motion tabled 27th November 2018 (2017-19 session) which is reported on the UK Parliament website and confirmed the Government’s investment: https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/52356/changing-places-toilets-campaign
“That this House congratulates the All Party Parliamentary Group for Disability for its work with Changing Places; further congratulates Zack Kerr from Accrington for his petition calling on Government investment to help fund the building of more Changing Places toilets in motorway service stations which received 145,000 signatures; welcomes the Government’s response to invest £2 million to build Changing Places toilets in motorway service stations; notes that there is more to do ensure everyone has the dignity in accessing adequate toilet facilities outside of the home; asserts that there is a great disparity of provision in different parts of the UK; further notes that overwhelming majority of Government and local authority buildings, hospitals, GP surgeries, sporting venues, restaurants, pubs, train stations and large shops do not contain a Changing Places toilet; and calls on the Government to raise awareness by providing Government guidance on the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, undertaking a public information campaign and calling on all owners and operators of buildings used by the public to install Changing Places toilets.”
Ruth Hopkins, General Manager of Level Playing Field said, “We fully recognise the importance of Changing Places. Everyone has the right to appropriate toilet facilities and Level Playing Field recommends Changing Places are installed at all sports venues”
“Having a Changing Places facility can determine whether someone actually attends an event or not. The alternatives are shocking and unacceptable, they either stay at home or they are changed on the floor”
“We campaign for all sports venues to be fully inclusive and a Changing Places facility is one step towards achieving this. The Premier League pledge made a big difference at top level football with the majority of clubs now having at least one facility or access to a mobile one on match days. There has been some new Changing Places opened at EFL clubs including MK Dons and Exeter but there is still a long way to go in football and other sports.”
“Wembley Stadium and Principality Stadium have Changing Places facilities. Twickenham provides a mobile facility and Wimbledon Tennis had one installed ready for The Championships in 2018. We understand that CWC2019 (Cricket World Cup) will be providing them for all their matches.”
After meeting myself and local campaigner Lorna Fillingham I pressed the Government to reveal what they have been doing to ensure that public toilets are fully accessible for those living with disabilities.Changing Places is a great campaign which works to build more fully accessible public toilets for the 250,000 people in our country who cannot use standard accessible toilets. I welcomed the Government's announcement before Christmas that fully accessible toilets will be mandatory in new public builds, however we need to know what progress they are making.
Posted by Nic Dakin MP on Thursday, January 31, 2019