Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK) has launched a survey for Changing Places toilet users, in what it describes as the biggest consultation to date for those who need these specialist facilities.
The survey, which opens today to current and potential users of Changing Places toilets and their families, is set to help to inform local authorities in England about where there is most need for these facilities.
It comes following the news that MDUK will support the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in delivering a £30m fund, announced in last month’s budget, to install more Changing Places facilities in existing buildings across England.
The 10-minute survey can be completed here and will remain open until April 23.
Karen Hoe, MDUK Changing Places Manager, said: “With Changing Places toilets available in the right places, thousands of disabled people will have the confidence to work, travel, explore and have fun – things that so many of us take for granted. It’s crucial that the network of Changing Places toilets is developed, and we can only do that with the experience and insight of the people who depend on them.”
MDUK co-chairs the Changing Places Consortium and campaigns for the 250,000 people across the UK who cannot use standard accessible toilets.
Councils will soon be invited to “opt in” to bid for a proportion of the £30m funding so they can install facilities in their communities. This is expected boost the number of Changing Place toilets in existing buildings, for example in leisure and sports centres, cinemas, and arts and tourism venues.
Luke Hall MP, Regional Growth Minister, said: “For too long, the lack of suitable toilet facilities has meant disabled people have faced major difficulties when they shop, go out, or travel and this should not be the case.
“The significant investment of £30m from government, and our charity partnership with Muscular Dystrophy UK, will help bring major, life enhancing freedoms to those people who have specific needs. I encourage Changing Places toilet users, their carers and families to complete the survey from Muscular Dystrophy UK to ensure we can identify how to make best use of the funding available to benefit those who need it most.”