Petition - Changing Places Toilets

– in the House of Commons at 8:15 pm on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of John McNally John McNally Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Environment) 8:15 pm, 3rd July 2018

I rise to present this petition on behalf of the residents of the Falkirk constituency.

The petition states:

The petition of residents of Falkirk constituency,

Declares that the petitioners believe that over a quarter of a million people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as other disabilities that severely limit mobility, cannot use standard accessible toilets and need personal assistance to use the toilet or change continence pads;
further that their needs can only be met by Changing Places toilets with adequate space and equipment, such as hoists;
further that the need for these facilities is growing with the number of people with complex disabilities and increased life expectancy;
further that “British Standard 8300:2009 Design” of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people recommends that Changing Places toilets should be provided in larger public buildings and complexes;
and further that the current lack of Changing Places toilets is leading to thousands of disabled people experiencing a risk of injury and lack of dignity as families are forced to risk their own health and safety by changing their loved one on a toilet floor.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to proactively promote the installation of Changing Places toilets in all large public places, including Government buildings;
and further to amend existing equality legislation to specifically require that Changing Places toilets should be provided in addition to standard accessible toilets in venues such as city centres, shopping centres, arts venues, hospitals, transport hubs like train stations, airports and motorway service stations, leisure complexes, sporting stadiums and arenas, in order to enable all disabled people to go out, go to the shops, attend hospital appointments, enjoy community life and travel with the same dignity as everyone else.

And the petitioners remain, etc.