Topic

disability access

12 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Sajid Javid

Change Building & Planning Regulations to Make Changing Places Toilets Compulsory

I am calling on the government to make urgent changes to building and planning regulations to ensure that Changing Places toilet facilities, with adult changing bench, hoist and enough space for 2 carers, are provided in all large public buildings as they are built, redeveloped or refurbished.   My daughter is 7 and has global development delay and is a wheelchair user.  Her disability means she is unable to maintain a sitting balance and as she is non-verbal she cannot tell me when she needs the loo, this means she wears nappies.When she needs changing while we are away from home, we often struggle to find facilities in which to do so.  She is getting too large for a baby changing unit and our only other option is the toilet floor, which is unsanitary, unhygienic and in my mind inhumane as well as undignified. I don't know what body fluids may have spilled there, or what might have been brought in on someone's shoes or wheels. This is a completely unacceptable and unreasonable situation for anybody to be exposed to. I am also aware that each time I lift her, I am putting myself at risk of an acute back injury and this will become more of a risk as she gets older and bigger, how people manage to change adults in this way beggars belief. There are more than a quarter of a million disabled people across the country who need the facilities a changing places toilet offers. British Standards 8300/2018 says that Changing Places toilets should be provided in larger buildings and complexes, such as: a) major transport termini or interchanges, e.g. large railway stations and airports b) motorway services c) sport and leisure facilities, including large hotels d) cultural centres, such as museums, concert halls and art galleries and faith centres;  e) stadia and large auditoria f) large commercial retail premises and shopping centres;  g) key buildings within town centres, e.g. town halls, civic centres and main public libraries h) educational establishments i) health facilities, such as hospitals, health centres and community practices.  j) other visitor attractions, such as theme parks, monitored beaches and parks.  I believe that it should be compulsory for “Changing Places” toilets (with changing benches, hoists and enough space for carers) to be installed in the public places mentioned in BS 8300/2018, and that they MUST be included in plans before planning permission can be granted. I also believe that the location of the nearest “Changing Places” toilet be advertised in standard disabled toilets as too often the disabled public are unaware of where the most appropriate facilities are, due to them not being widely advertised, and with not everyone having access to the internet. When the usual choice currently is to provide inhumane treatment by toileting in an inappropriate place without appropriate equipment, or to have somebody sat in their own body fluids for prolonged periods or worse still to be socially isolated due to the lack of appropriate toilet facilities, it can be said that government can and must do better then this. They need to make Changing Places toilets compulsory for large public buildings as listed in BS 8300/2018.

Lorna Fillingham
51,946 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Cllr James Jamieson, Jo Johnson

Step Free Access for Rail Users in Bedfordshire Now!

There are currently five rail stations in Bedfordshire with no step free access for disabled people, these are (including passenger numbers in 2016/7) Luton                  3,682,794  Leagrave            1,861,912 Flitwick               1,518,180 Biggleswade      1,029,086 Harlington          330,468 While Luton is earmarked for improvements in 2019/20 there are no plans for step free access at the remaining four stations. This situation restricts the employment opportunities of disabled people in these communities and puts unnecessary barriers in place which prevent disabled people from taking a full part in our society. It is ironic that while all train carriages must be accessible by 1st January 2020 the above train stations will remain no go areas for disabled people and those with limited mobility. The Department of Transport has stated that for every £1 spent on access improvements £2.90 is returned in economic benefits. Therefore not only is it morally the correct action to improve access at these stations, it makes economic sense to do so. Providing step free access at these stations will also improve accessibility for elderly people and those with young children, encouraging the use of public transport rather than car travel. We call on Jo Johnson, Minister of State at the Department for Transport, and James Jamieson, Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council,to urgently address the rail access inequality which restricts the lives of thousands of people across Bedfordshire and install step free access at Luton, Flitwick, Biggleswade, Leagrave and Harlington stations. 

Bedfordshire Rail Access Network
10,083 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Tesco , Sainsburys , Morrisons , Marks and Spencers, Asda , Waitrose

Supermarkets To Commit To Providing Changing Places Toilets In Stores Within 18 Months

Between Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose there are over 2600 large supermarkets across the UK. All of these supermarkets provide toilets for their customers.  However, only 9 of those 2600+ stores currently offer changing places style toilets. We want a commitment from all these retailers that they will roll out changing places toilets across their whole network of stores within the next 18 months. People with profound disabilities cannot use a regular toilet or a so called 'accessible' toilet.  When they need to use the toilet, or be changed, parents or carers need to hoist them on to a large changing bed. A changing places facility needs to be large enough to allow for a wheelchair user and 2 carers, it should have a height adjustable bed and a hoist which can be used to lift the user out of their wheelchair. There are many times when parents and carers have to resort to changing disabled children and young people on a cramped and often dirty toilet floor or in a baby changing room on a baby changing unit which is unsafe for their size and weight. Adults with profound disabilities are resorting to wearing pads even if they are not incontinent and have to relieve themselves in their wheelchair.  They have nowhere to be cleaned and changed until they can leave the store and return home and are left sitting in a soiled pad. Many disabled adults are resorting to with-holding fluids or even having surgery to stop them from needing the toilet when out in their communities. There are a quarter of a million disabled people across the country who need the facilities a changing places toilet offers.   How many stores provide changing places toilets in the UK?Asda - 4 (1 opening 2018)Tesco - 3 Sainsburys - 1Morrisons - 1Waitrose (& John Lewis) 0M&S - 0  None of these chains have committed to providing these facilities in all their stores despite knowing the conditions faced by customers when they do not have them. They all provide toilets for their other customers in their stores and many provide a variety of facilities including ladies toilets, gents toilets, disabled / accessible toilet, ambulant disabled toilets, baby changing rooms and even baby feeding rooms.   Things need to change urgently before a disabled person is injured in a supermarket toilet. There are currently no specific building regulations which require a changing places toilet within these stores, although they are required if businesses wish to meet British Standards.  However, these businesses are all bound by the Equality Act 2010 which requires reasonable adjustments for disabled people. We would hope that seeing an image of a disabled child on a toilet floor would be enough to make them want to make a change within their stores on moral and ethical grounds. We don't want to hear any more excuses of trials, lack of customer feedback or not enough space.  The time has passed for vague promises that they might try to install one when they refurbish.  These facilities are essential to many people.  They take up less space than one car parking place, there are many ways to integrate them into existing spaces or even in a prefab arrangement.  These facilities are needed now, there is no need to wait for a reason to refurbish, this is a reason in itself.    We want a commitment from all these retailers that they will roll out changing places toilets across their whole network of stores over the next 18 months.

Laura Moore
159,658 supporters