While the number of facilities has increased from 140 in 2007 to more than 1,200 today, the Government is determined to go even further to improve disabled people’s quality of life.
The Government, with contributions from the devolved administrations, has also provided £70,000 for an online map of the UK that helps carers and disabled people find Changing Places toilets.
Nick Kent, Managing Director of OpeMed, Co-Founder of Aveso – Official Sponsor of the Changing Places Campaign, said:
“This is fantastic news on two fronts and I am really pleased to see the Government putting action into place to continue to support this vital campaign. The real praise though goes to the tireless work of the campaigners and the team at MDUK; OpeMed and Aveso are proud to have been an integral part in the development of the campaign, both as sponsors and official suppliers of Changing Places toilets. We work closely with various Government organisations, charities, architects and the construction sector. In 2019 we will continue to educate on, facilitate and install Changing Places throughout the UK, Europe and worldwide. We look forward to announcing in January some additional game-changing news as part of the journey to ensure Changing Places toilets are installed and accessible to more and more people. Well done to the campaigners and MDUK for continually growing the support and widening the reach of the campaign.”
Catherine Woodhead, Chief Executive of Muscular Dystrophy UK, which co-chairs the Changing Places Consortium, said:
“We are delighted that the Department of Health and Social Care and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government are committed to making Changing Places toilets more widely available. Having access to Changing Places toilets increases independence and improves quality of life, and by investing in facilities we can tackle the exclusion many disabled people face on a daily basis. We, along with our wonderful campaigners, have long pushed for changes to legislation to make Changing Places toilets mandatory in new large public buildings and it’s fantastic that we are now one step closer to that reality. We are also greatly encouraged by the investment being made in hospitals and motorway services. It is essential that fully- accessible toilets are available here; without them, disabled people may struggle to attend important appointments or visit family and friends. We look forward to working with the Government and our campaigners to ensure that Changing Places toilets are available to everyone who needs them.”
The Government intends to consult in the Spring of 2019.