On 24th December 2018, the Government announced the Changing Places Consultation – an intention to consult on how they can increase the provision of Changing Places toilet facilities in specific new, large buildings commonly used by the public, including a potential change to the Building Regulations.
The Government’s manifesto set out that where you live, shop, go out, travel or park your car should not be determined by your disability. Increasing the provision of Changing Places toilets aims to go some way towards fulfilling this commitment.
There are over 1,300 Changing Places toilets across the UK, up from just 140 in 2007. Although the increase in numbers and action by forward-looking building owners is to be welcomed, provision is still haphazard, and the government understands the need to go further.
The consultation seeks views on options to increase the provision of Changing Places toilets.