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A Lack Of Public Toilets Is Causing Public Health Problems In The UK

A public health report from the UK stated that the lack of public toilets is stopping people from venturing too far away from their homes.

The report, authored by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), states that an increasing decline in public toilets throughout the UK is a threat to "health, mobility, and equality".

Knowing that there are fewer places to go to the bathroom keeps people on a "loo leash", according to the report.

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It found 20 percent of the population don't venture out of their homes a much as they would like to.

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This number increases to 43 percent for people who suffer from medical conditions that require frequent toilet use.

RSPH note that the "loo leash" is deeply concerning at a time "when public health policy is to encourage outdoor exercise, partly to reduce obesity and also to keep our increasingly elderly population fit and engaged with the community."

Furthermore, half of the British public appear to restrict their fluid intake once outside of the house because they are concerned about the lack of facilities.

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Cuts to local council budgets have led to the closure of public toilets in Britain, with one in seven closed between 2010 and 2013, according to one BBC report.

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The number of public toilets has fallen from 5,159 in 2010 to 4,486 in 2018.

Tourists, as well as employees forced to travel frequently such as postal workers, lorry and bus drivers, as well as guides, have complained to councils about the lack of bathrooms in the past, according to the RSPH report.

The report recommends that the government makes the provision of public toilets compulsory and also that the UK government adopt laws to ensure equity of access -- including unisex toilets, more toilets for women, and taking into account the needs of transgender individuals.

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