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Local authorities urged to bid for new life-changing disabled facilities

Local authorities are being urged to apply for funding to help supply new life-enhancing accessible toilets that allow people with disabilities to be more independent.

The latest round of funding for the toilets will provide councils with a share of £6.5 million, whilst building on the £23.5 million that has already been pledged to provide better accessible facilities around the country.

Eddie Hughes, Rough Sleeping and Housing Minister, said:

“Everyone deserves to live with independence, dignity and respect, and disabilities should not determine where people are able to shop, travel or socialise.

“I am very pleased to open the next round of the Changing Places fund today. Changing Places toilets can make a huge difference to people who are unable to use standard accessible toilets, helping them to live more independent lives.

“Thank you to Muscular Dystrophy UK for their vital work campaigning for Changing Places toilets and bringing this important issue the visibility it deserves.”

The toilets are designed for people who are unable to use standard accessible toilets, as they have the benefits of equipment like hoists, curtains, adult-sized changing benches, and space for carers. There are already 1,300 of these facilities registered in the UK, with public places such as hospitals, council buildings, and shopping centres being served by them.

Local government are to work alongside central government, and charities to continue to ensure that the right facilities are being put in place to allow accessibility and freedom for all people.

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