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Shortage of public toilets in UK 'threat to our health'

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is calling for Government action to address the
The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is calling for Government action to address the "neglect" shown towards facilities in the UK (stock photo)

By Sally Wardle

A lack of public toilets in the UK is threatening the health and mobility of the population, a report has claimed.

Three in four adults (74%) believe there are not enough places to pee in their area, according to a survey by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).

Meanwhile, one in five (20%) said a lack of facilities deters them from leaving home as often as they would like.

Among people with medical conditions which can require frequent visits to the toilet, such as diabetes and bowel conditions, 43% said this was the case.

The RSPH is calling for Government action to address the "neglect" shown towards facilities in the UK.

Chief executive Shirley Cramer said: "Our report highlights the dwindling public toilet numbers in recent years is a threat to health, mobility, and equality that we cannot afford to ignore."

The RSPH report recommends that the provision of public toilets should be made compulsory in planning law, with equal access for women and transgender people.

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