A ministerial consultation is to be launched in 2019 that could potentially see theme parks required to install Changing Places toilet facilities for those with severe disabilities.
Current regulations only recommend that these should be in place at large venues,but new proposals – brought forward by Rishi Sunak MP – seek to amend this to include all new large publicly-accessible buildings and significant developments.
“Changing Places toilets make a huge difference to the lives of severely disabled people.I want to see these facilities included as standard in new large buildings like shopping centres and cinemas,so more dis- abled people can be assured peace of mind and dignity when they are away from home,”commented Sunak.
“The government will consult in the NewYear on how best to do this, including changing building regulations if required,if it means more disabled people can get access the essential services they deserve.”
The consultation period will seek views on what types of premises will be covered under any new regulations be they public of private.The leisure industry has to date made great strides to accommodate guests with disabilities and the installation of Changing Places facilities would allow them to cater to those with the most severe conditions.
Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage added:“A quarter of a million disabled people need Changing Places and this investment will mean many more of them can access a toilet safely and comfortably. Whilst this is something most of us take for granted, access to spaces like these make a big difference to the lives of disabled people and their carers.”