New £30m Fund to Install Changing Places toilets in Existing Buildings across England
05 March 2021
On the 4th March, the Government announced a new £30m fund to increase the number of Changing Places toilets in existing buildings across England. The Government has been working in partnership with Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK) as co-chair of the Changing Places Consortium to provide support to councils. Local authorities will soon be invited to ‘opt in’ to receive a proportion of the £30m funding, based on need, to install facilities in their communities.
The move follows changes to statutory guidance that came into effect from January 2021 that made the provision of Changing Places toilets compulsory in certain new buildings.
What are Changing Places toilets?
Changing Places toilets are larger accessible toilets for people who cannot use standard disabled toilets, with equipment such as hoists, curtains, adult-sized changing benches and space for carers. Over 250,000 people in the country need these facilities to enable them to get out and about and enjoy day-to-day activities.
What does the news mean?
The combination of the updated statutory guidance and today’s investment for existing buildings means thousands of people with complex needs will have greater access to public places.
The Changing Places facilities will be installed in locations such as leisure and sports facilities, cinemas, and arts and tourism venues. It will improve the geographical spread of the toilets across England and ensure more disabled people can take part in everyday activities that have the greatest impact on their quality of life.