England to get about 500 new accessible toilets

About 500 new large accessible toilets for the severely disabled will be installed across England after the government allocated £ 23.5 million in funding.

Changing Places Toilets (CPT) have been mandatory in new buildings since 2020 and a year later funding was offered to add them to existing sites.

The Department for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) said that 191 councils had submitted successful tenders.

The Zack Kerr campaign said the new CPTs would “make such a difference”.

The 26-year-old, from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, was one of a number of people who had campaigned for the number of CPTs to increase across the country.

He said they were “simply life-changing”, because without the facilities he was faced with the choice to “stay at home or limit my social life because of my needs”.

“No one should have to face these decisions due to the lack of basic toilets,” he said.

A spokesman for the Department of Equalization, Housing and Society (DLUHC) said there are currently around 1,300 facilities across the country, but “supply demand exceeds supply and the number of CPTs must increase to improve access for the severely disabled and their carers. . ”.

He said the facilities would be delivered in collaboration with the charity Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK).

Mr Kerr’s stepfather Ceri Davies, who works as a Changing Places Support Officer at MDUK, said the new CPTs would be “a game changer”.

“Our lives as a family are literally governed by the location of these important facilities,” he said.

“When there is such a shortage of fully accessible toilets around the country, it makes even the simplest shopping trip or theater visit impossible.”

A complete list of funds that have been allocated money and how many CPTs they will install in their area can be found on DLUHC’s website.

A ministry spokesman said a further round of CPT funding “was foreseen later in 2022”.

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