Government look set to ditch Changing Places toilets law-change attempt inspired by Abingdon campaign


Layla Moran has said she is concerned that the Government are almost certain to block an attempt by MPs later this month to change the law to make accessible Changing Place toilets a requirement in all new public buildings.

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Layla is one of 12 MPs sponsoring a Bill due to be voted on in Parliament on 23rd November.

If passed into law, the Toilets (Provision and Accessibility) Bill would make sure Changing Places facilities are built into all new public buildings.

The campaign won Layla's backing following a campaign for better toilets at Abbey Meadows in Abingdon.

Hundreds of residents signed a petition urging the Vale of White Horse District Council to rethink their plans to upgrade toilets at Abbey Meadows in the town following an upgrade to playground facilities.

Whilst the Council proposed creating 4 unisex toilet cubicles, local residents – backed by local Lib Dem councillors and MP Layla Moran – asked the Council to include a ‘changing places’ facility that provides more space and extra facilities than standard disabled toilets to help people with multiple learning disabilities and physical disabilities such as spinal injury or multiple sclerosis.

Responding to a recent request from Layla Moran for the Government to give the campaign to change the law their backing, Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom refused to say that the Government would support the Toilets (Provision and Accessibility) Bill when it is due for debate on 23rd November, meaning it will almost certainly be blocked from becoming law.

Speaking about the campaign Layla Moran said:

“Residents and members of the Abbey Meadows Consultation Group did amazing work to get the Vale to see sense and create an accessible ‘changing places’ facility at Abbey Meadows.

“But it shouldn’t be left to parents to fight for decent toilet facilities in public buildings and places, which is why I want to see planning laws changed so that Changing Places toilets are installed in new developments as a matter of course.

“Due to House of Commons rules and Parliamentary procedure, our Bill can only go on to become law if it has the backing of the Government. Sadly, despite our requests the Leader of the House of Commons has refused to say that it will receive Government support – meaning it will be killed off altogether and we’re back to square one.

“It is clear that the Government should step in to make sure that local councils and developers don’t ignore the need for accessible toilets, so I’ll be continuing to campaign to change the law so that families in Abingdon and across the country are guaranteed truly accessible toilets and facilities for everyone.”


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