The Government has confirmed today that £30m of funding to increase the number of Changing Places toilets in England will be distributed by local authorities.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government issued a press release today confirming the plan to invite local councils to opt-in to receive a portion of the funding pot, with authorities then allocating funding to specific Changing Places projects in their area. The funding was originally announced in the 2020 budget, but at that time no further details were provided.

The funding will be delivered through a multi-year programme of opt-in formula grant allocations to unitary and district authorities. Full details of how councils can ‘opt-in’ will be published soon. In the meantime, organisations and venues wanting to install a Changing Places toilet are being encouraged to get in touch with their relevant local authority to register their interest.

Regional Growth Minister Luke Hall MP said:


‘For too long, the lack of suitable toilet facilities has meant disabled people have faced major difficulties when they shop, go out, or travel and this should not be the case. That’s why the provision of Changing Places toilets is so important for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets.’

A Changing Places toilet layout plan


We are thrilled that our Changing Places Consortium* partners at Muscular Dystrophy UK will be involved in the roll out of this program, giving support to local authorities throughout the process.

As official sponsors of the Changing Places Campaign, we are able to give technical support to local authorities and venues/organisations, with advice on design, layout and specification, as well as practical support for the implementation of Changing Places projects.

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As official sponsors of the Changing Places campaign, we are passionate about creating spaces which provide a safe environment for people with additional needs. We can help every step of the way; from initial advice on feasibility and funding, to planning and design, through to installation. Book a consultation to find out more.

*The Changing Places Consortium launched its campaign in 2006 on behalf of the over 250,000 people across the UK who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with muscle-wasting conditions, profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, as well as older people.

There are 13.9 million disabled people in the UK. People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as people with other physical disabilities often need equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably. With a lack of Changing Places toilets, many people are effectively excluded from being able to do all of the things that they want to.

Statutory guidance (from 1 Jan 2021) now requires that Changing Places toilets must be provided in certain new public buildings. This will improve the long-term situation by an estimated 150 Changing Places Toilets per year, but there is no legal requirement to retrospectively fit existing buildings.