Blue Badge FAQs
What is the new legislation?
The Department for Transport has announced they will be extending the current Blue Badge scheme to equally include people with non-physical (‘hidden’) disabilities. This new criteria will give clear and consistent guidelines on Blue Badge eligibility.
When does the new legislation come into effect?
The new legislation came into operation on 30 August 2019.
What type of evidence should I provide in order to apply for a Blue Badge?
The evidence required can include (but is not limited to):
- Letter of diagnosis
- Confirmation of ongoing treatments/ clinic attendances, or referral for such
- Evidence of relevant prescribed medication for the disability/symptoms
- Evidence of specialist consultations, or referral for such
- Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP)
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP) decision letters
- Social housing letters / assessment reports from the Local Authority
- Care Plans from social care teams
- Patient Summary or Summary Care Records
- Evidence of the progression or advancement of the condition over time
- Evidence of other benefits received
- Letters from professionals involved in the care of the applicant
Please note; it is the applicant’s responsibility to provide the relevant evidence to support their application and demonstrate their eligibility for a Blue Badge under the new criteria. The Local Authority is not responsible for contacting medical professionals for evidence.
What will happen if I don’t automatically qualify for a Blue Badge?
You may still be eligible for a Blue Badge but will be subject to further assessment. This means we will look at the evidence provided for the disability and decide whether you are entitled to a Blue Badge. Some applicants who go down this route may be required to have an independent mobility assessment.
I receive Attendance Allowance, why do I not automatically qualify?
As there is no mobility component in Attendance Allowance we cannot acknowledge this benefit as an automatic qualifier for a Blue Badge. Therefore, applicants who provide their Attendance Allowance awarding letter will need to go down the further assessment route in order to review their eligibility.
Why does a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) score of 10 qualify for a Blue Badge, when a higher score of 12 does not?
People with a PIP score of 10 are automatically entitled to a Blue Badge as they cannot undertake any journey without overwhelming psychological distress. The Department for Transport believes that only where people suffer very considerable psychological distress, other physical difficulty when walking or have a risk of very considerable harm to their health and safety (including people with dementia), should be eligible.
PIP only applies to people aged between 16-65, what happens to children or older people who are outside this range?
People who do not receive PIP, and who do not qualify under one of the other automatic entitlements would need to apply for a Badge under the assessment route.
Where can I find further information about the new Blue Badge legislation?
Further information regarding the new legislation can be found on the gov.uk website.
Last Updated: 6 September 2019