[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Blue Badge scheme is an important benefit for people in the UK travelling with a disability. Over 2.3 million people in the UK hold a Blue Badge.
Badges are quite straightforward to obtain, but they require a person to meet certain criteria to be eligible. They can be used to help you park closer to your destination, and they usually provide more space to get in and out of the vehicle.
If you’re wondering whether you qualify and want to apply for a Blue Badge yourself, we’ve put together all the information that you need.
How do I know if I qualify for a Blue Badge?
The Blue Badge is generally known for helping people with severe mobility problems, but there are other disabilities that also qualify you for one.
You automatically qualify for a badge if you currently receive Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance, or a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) because you can’t walk further than 50 metres.
You will also qualify if you are registered blind or are receiving a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement.
You may also qualify if you have another disability that make it difficult for you to walk, or if you have a severe disability in both arms. To receive a badge you would have to show you have a permanent or substantial disability that affects your ability to walk very far. This can include excessive pain and breathlessness, or a deterioration of your health brought on by the effort needed to walk.
Medical conditions such as asthma, autism, Crohn’s disease (or similair) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E) are not necessarily a qualification for a badge, you might be eligible if you have considerable difficulty walking in addition to your condition. Your local authority are responsible for deciding eligibility, and may ask you to undergo a mobility assessment.
How do I apply for a Blue Badge?
A Blue Badge costs £10 to get in England, £20 in Scotland and it is available for free if you live in Wales. If you qualify for a Blue Badge you can apply online at the Gov.UK website.
You will need a passport-style photo of yourself, as well as your proof of identity, address and any benefits that you receive. Once you complete the application, it will be reviewed by your local council and you should receive a response within 12 weeks.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]