Space to change
Because every baby should be able to be changed, with dignity, everywhere.
Space to change is the campaign to make every cafe, pub, restaurant and place of leisure provide nappy changing facilities to everyone by law. The campaign is backed by the British Toilet Association and senior retired and current practicing health workers and midwives from across the U.K. They strongly agree that a lack of baby changing facilities as standard in many businesses is a human rights and health and safety issue that affects millions of people across the U.K.
of people think cafes and restaurants should be required by law to provide baby changing facilities (1)
of Conservative voters back a change in the law (1)
of Labour voters back a change in the law (1)
The new policy
We are campaigning to make it a legal requirement for cafes, pubs and restaurants to provide baby changing facilities on their premises. To do this we support changing the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 .
The current system is not safe or sanitary
Public toilets are often not fitted with baby changing facilities and it’s nota legal requirement either. Unfortunately, many businesses choose not to outfit their businesses with hygienic, equitable facilities.
Baby changing facilities in all public toilets
We believe that all public toilets should include changing facilities including where businesses are already required to provide access to toilets. This will both improve sanitation and has potential financial benefits for businesses.
There is a clear business case for encouraging parents and children who frequent such businesses during off-peak hours to stay for longer by providing facilities. This will be vital as businesses continue their recovery from COVID.