Lack of disabled toilet provision is leading to ‘degrading’ practices

An example of a Changing Places facility provided by Clos-o-Mat in Leicester

A lack of facilities in public conveniences means that disabled children are having to be changed on toilet floors, MPs have been told.

The SNP’s Lisa Cameron called the practice “unacceptable and degrading” – and has called for a change in the law, according to the BBC.

Severely disabled children may not be able to use standard disabled toilets and in most cases the changing benches are not big enough, it was claimed. Research suggests only nine out of 2,500 train stations have suitable changing places.

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Communities minister Jake Berry said there was already a requirement in law to ensure changing places, but he said that more still needed to be done.

“There are only 12 motorway service stations out of nearly 100, only 50 out of nearly 500 shopping centres have them – that simply isn’t good enough,” he commented.

Mrs Cameron said that as chair of the Disability All Party Parliamentary Group she had heard “repeated distressing stories about disabled children being changed on toilet floors due to a lack of provision”, the BBC reported.

She has urged the government to consider changing the law about suitable changing places.

Campaign group Changing Places estimates that 250,000 severely disabled people do not have access to public toilet facilities that meet their needs.

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