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Major Changing Places Toilet Investment

Posted in General News on Friday, March 5th, 2021

The government has recently announced a new funding injection of £30 million to increase the number of Changing Places toilets across England. This announcement follows the introduction of a law which came into effect in January to make Changing Places toilets compulsory in certain newly built public buildings. Changing places toilets are larger more accessible toilets fitted with assistive equipment including hoists and adult-sized changing benches. Kerry Thompson, Changing Places campaigner, commented: “The biggest challenge I face when going anywhere outside my home is locating a Changing Places facility. They really do make a world of difference when planning days out so today’s announcement will open up a whole new world for the hundreds of thousands of people who rely on them. This wouldn’t have been possible without support from Muscular Dystrophy UK, co-chairs of the Changing Places Consortium. Knowing I have access to a Changing Places toilet lets me enjoy myself without having to worry about finding an accessible facility that can accommodate my needs. The additional funding from the government to improve facilities in existing buildings across England will give me and my husband the freedom that so many disabled people are desperate for.” 

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