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MP presses Council to provide more "Changing Places" toilets

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02 Mar 2018
Helen Jones H&S Warrington North MP Helen Jones continues to pursue her campaign to have more "Changing Places" toilets installed in Warrington.

Over a quarter of a million people cannot use standard accessible/disabled toilets, including people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy as well as older people.

To use the toilet in safety and comfort, many people need to be able to access a Changing Places facility, which have more space and the right equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist.

Helen Jones MP said:

"It is important to realise that Changing Places toilets are different to standard accessible/disabled toilets and should be provided in addition to them. Thousands of people with disabilities cannot use standard accessible/disabled toilets because, for example, they need equipment or carers to assist them.

"It is now accepted and expected that everyone has the right to live in the community, to move around within it and access all its facilities. Community participation and active citizenship is being denied to many disabled people because of the lack of provision which Changing Places toilets would provide.

"Warrington Borough Council have been fully committed to Changing Places facilities for many years. Sadly, progress has been slow and we remain low down the table of providers. We currently have three sites offering these facilities, compared to five in Wigan, five in St. Helens and six in Chester.

"We need to do better than just providing lip service when supporting Changing Places and I have made this point to the council’s Chief Executive. We should aim at providing Changing Places toilets in all new council funded developments and encourage, in a more robust manner, their adoption by private developers whenever we possibly can."

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