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Changing Places win March 2020 Budget backing victory

Changing Places Toilet Logo showing carer at an adult change area in a toilet with a person in a wheelchair

Some great news for inclusion that you may have missed in recent weeks. To celebrate that in his March 12 2020 Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak pledged to accelerate the provision of Changing Places toilet facilities in new and existing buildings. As well as £30 million funding, the government intends to change the building regulations to mandate the provision of Changing Places facilities.

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.

This change in building regulations and the March ’20 Budget promised funding should make a big difference to the lives of over 250,000 people (and their carers) who currently can’t use standard accessible toilets. It will give many more disabled people the independence that the general public enjoys on a day-to-day basis. They will be able to go wherever they want, be it a hosptial appointment, entertainment venue or transport hub, safe in the knowledge that somewhere not far away, there will be facilities for them to use that fully meet their needs.

This marks another significant victory for the Changing Places Consortium which launched its campaign to change lives in 2006. The Consortium will work closely with the Government to identify sectors where the provision of Changing Places toilets needs to be accelerated.