Budget cuts diminishing number of public toilets, BBC reports

According to an investigation by the BBC, around two thousand council-run public toilets have closed in the last decade, leaving a number of regions with sparse facilities.

The investigation was based on data collected from a freedom of information (FoI) request, which found 1,782 council-run public toilets have closed since 2006. In addition, Newcastle, Merthyr Tydil and Wandsworth are among ten areas which have no public toilets at all on their high streets.

The research found that 22 councils now only have one public toilet and four out of five councils have cut spending on toilets since 2011.

A spokesman for the Local Government Association (LGA) claimed budget cuts meant councils had less to spend on community services but were doing all they could to keep public toilets open.

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