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29 October 2020

Budget 2020: £30million boost for Changing Places toilets

We are delighted to share the news that the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak MP, will be announcing a £30 million investment for Changing Places toilets in the Budget on Wednesday 11th March. The new Changing Places Fund will see the Government match fund the costs of installing Changing Places toilets in existing buildings in England.  

You can read the budget here. 

As a Consortium we strongly welcome this news and know what a huge impact it will have for every person that depends on these vital toilets to live their lives without worrying when they will be able to access a toilet that meets their needs.

The Changing Places Consortium and Changing Places toilet campaigners met with Rishi Sunak and Government officials back in 2018 and 2019 to discuss how the Government could help increase Changing Places toilet provision. 

Rishi Sunak is also expected to confirm that Changing Places toilets will be compulsory in new public buildings by the end of the year. This follows the Government consultation last year.  

This will mean more disabled people can go out, shop, and socialise without worrying about a lack of toilets.

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.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak said:


“Where people shop, go out, or travel should not be determined by their disability. Yet, currently the lack of the right facilities can prevent some people from enjoying the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted. I want to change that, which is why my Budget this week is about spreading opportunity, not only across different parts of the country, but also throughout our communities.”

The Government will set out further details on the Changing Places toilet Fund in due course. We will share more details as soon as we have them. The Consortium will work closely with the Government to identify those sectors where the provision of Changing Places toilets needs to be accelerated.

 

Thank you to all campaigners who have been putting pressure on the Government for years to try and increase the provision of Changing Places toilets across the UK- this victory is yours! 

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