There are over 1,200 Changing Places toilets in the UK, up from just 140 in 2007. However, more are needed because more than a quarter of a million people need them across the UK.
The proposal is expected to add the facilities to more than 150 new buildings a year.
Local Government Minister, Rishi Sunak MP, said:
“Everyone should have the freedom to enjoy days out in dignity and comfort. For people with severe disabilities, this is made difficult because they need access to Changing Places toilets.
“I’m determined to increase the number of these life-enhancing facilities, so people are given the dignity they deserve. I’m pleased so many people will be helped by this major change.”
The government has launched a 10-week consultation, which proposes the required size and shape of Changing Places toilets as well as the range of equipment that must be included.
It also proposes thresholds at which the facilities will be made mandatory in new or largely refurbished buildings of different types, such as overall floor space or attendance capacity.
The Department for Transport last month launched a £2 million fund for Changing Places to be installed in motorway service stations, which will be covered by the changes to building rules.
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