Portrait photograph of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak

In today's Budget the government outlined that it is determined to see greater provision of Changing Places toilet facilities in new and existing buildings. And that these facilities are designed to provide sufficient space and equipment for people who are not able to use the toilet independently.

'Following on from a consultation in 2019, the government will change building regulations guidance by the end of this year to mandate the provision of Changing Places toilets in new public buildings. The Budget also confirms that the government will launch a £30 million Changing Places Fund, working with the Changing Places Consortium and others to identify those sectors where we most need to accelerate the provision of such facilities in existing buildings.'

Sue Elsegood, Chair, METRO GAD Management Committee, said:

"We very much welcome this news as we know what a huge impact it will have for every person that depends on these vital toilets to live their lives without worrying when they will be able to access a toilet that meets their needs."

Changing Places toilets have more room than a standard accessible toilet, with specialist equipment such as an adult-sized changing bench and a hoist system.

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said:

"Where people shop, go out, or travel should not be determined by their disability. Yet, currently the lack of the right facilities can prevent some people from enjoying the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted. I want to change that, which is why my Budget this week is about spreading opportunity, not only across different parts of the country, but also throughout our communities."