Commons Debate for Changing Places
Gillian and Jane were in London today to meet with Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins at Westminster.
The meeting was to explore the possibility of holding a debate on the incorporation of Changing Places toilets into the Building Regulations which would make the provision of these much-needed facilities mandatory in all larger buildings.
Whilst currently 'recommended' as part of the regulations the fact that Changing Places are not compulsory means that their provision is still seen as 'optional' and reliant on the persuasive powers of volunteer campaigners nationally.
The great news is that Toby has agreed to submit this topic for an 'Adjournment Debate ' in the House of Commons and it is hoped that this will happen before the end of this year. This type of debate happens at the end of the day's business in parliament and is televised which will make great coverage for the Changing Places campaign.
Jane, who has been campaigning for Changing Places for 12 years now, was delighted :
"It is great that Toby has taken such an interest in the campaign and is putting the effort in to help change legislation. After so many years of campaigning by so many around the country it really is time that Changing Places were made a legal requirement in all new major buildings and developments. The fact that in the 21st century 250,000 people in the UK face being changed on a toilet floor where Changing Places are not provided is completely unacceptable. We are really looking forward to the debate."
Watch this space!!!