This Bill was sparked by Paula Sherriff MP meeting Changing Places toilet campaigner, Lorna Fillingham earlier this year when Lorna handed in her petition which has over 54,000 supporters. Following this, Paula Sherriff contacted the campaign to discover more information. The Changing Places consortium gave a detailed briefing about the Changing Places toilet campaign and highlighted the minimum changes needed to existing standards and regulations to make Changing Places toilets mandatory in all large new builds. This will form the key ask of the Bill.
Following Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Paula Sherriff will have ten minutes to speak and present her case for the Bill. Whilst a Ten Minute Rule Bill is unlikely to bring change to legislation on its own, it is a great opportunity to raise the issue of Changing Places in Parliament and will hopefully pave the way for future change. In the meantime, the Consortium will continue to work with campaigners to push for the necessary changes to legislation to make sure that Changing Places toilets become commonplace across the UK.