Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


06 NOV 2018

Changing Places Toilets

Thank you for taking the time to email me about accessible toilet facilities.

I understand your concern on this matter and I hope the following information on this topic from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is reassuring:

Many people take the availability of toilets for granted. Yet for adults and children whose needs are not met by standard public toilet provision, the availability of appropriate facilities is central to planning any activity that takes place outside the home.
Campaigns such as Changing Places have done much to increase awareness of this issue in recent years. The Government has worked with Changing Places, as well as with PAMIS, Mencap and the British Toilet Association, to improve the provision of accessible toilets. In 2007, when the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government became involved, there were only around 140 Changing Places toilets in the UK: the 1000th facility in the UK opened in 2017. In addition, guidance on Changing Places was introduced into the Building Regulations in England in 2013.
The Government has also helped fund the development of a website, which has information on the location and details of every registered Changing Place in the UK, to help disabled people and their carers to find the nearest Changing Places toilet more easily.

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