Chancellor, Rishi Sunak MP, will be announcing a £30 million investment for Changing Places toilets in the Budget
on Wednesday 11th March. The new Changing Places Fund will see the Government match fund the costs of
installing Changing Places toilets in existing buildings in England.
You can read the budget here.
The Changing Places Consortium strongly welcome this news and know what a huge impact it will have for every
person that depends on these vital toilets to live their lives without worrying when they will be able to access a toilet
that meets their needs.
The Changing Places Consortium and Changing Places toilet campaigners met with Rishi Sunak and Government
officials back in 2018 and 2019 to discuss how the Government could help increase Changing Places toilet provision.
Rishi Sunak is also expected to confirm that Changing Places toilets will be compulsory in new public buildings by
the end of the year. This follows the Government consultation last year.
This will mean more disabled people can go out, shop, and socialise without worrying about a lack of toilets.
Changing Places toilets have more room than a standard accessible toilet, with specialist equipment such as an
adult-sized changing bench and a hoist system.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak said:
“Where people shop, go out, or travel should not be determined by their disability. Yet, currently the lack of the right
facilities can prevent some people from enjoying the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted. I want to change
that, which is why my Budget this week is about spreading opportunity, not only across different parts of the country,
but also throughout our communities.”
The Government will set out further details on the Changing Places toilet Fund in due course. We will share more
details as soon as we have them. The Consortium will work closely with the Government to identify those sectors where
the provision of Changing Places toilets needs to be accelerated.
Published: 11th March 2020
Source: Changing Places
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