A Blue Badge is a badge issued by the Blue Badge scheme, which can enable you to access free, discounted and accessible parking. It is for people who have a disability or condition that compromises their ability to use public transport or to who need to park close to where they need to go.
Applying for a Blue Badge can help both you as a carer as well as the person you care for to increase independence and confidence when getting out and about.
Here you will find information on where to start when applying for a Blue Badge with some answers to some commonly asked questions around eligibility and applying.
Anyone who has a disability, whether this be a physical, sensory or mental impairment, who has compromised mobility as a result of their condition, and is eligible for qualifying disability benefits, can apply for a Blue Badge. These conditions include hidden disabilities, which may not always be apparent, such as dementia or anxiety, where they might experience considerable psychological distress or be at risk of harm to themselves or others.
As a carer you can also apply on behalf of someone else, such as the person you care for.
If you or the person you care for does not receive any qualifying benefits you can still apply for a Blue Badge through the ‘further assessment route’. This includes people who may have been receiving Disability Living Allowance and did not qualify for Personal Independence Payment in their re-assessment for disability benefits.
If you’ve been refused a Blue Badge, you can ask for the decision to be reviewed by your local council.
You can do this by replying to their decision letter explaining why the reasons listed on your letter are wrong, in as much detail as you can, including any details you might have missed in your application. For example, if you have mobility problems, explain why using parking meters is painful or why it’s difficult for you to walk very far to get from your car to a shop.
Include scans, copies or photographs of any evidence you have, for example:
It’s worth doing this if you can’t walk more than 80 metres – about the length of 7 double decker buses, or if you can’t use a parking meter because of problems with your arms.
If you already have a Blue Badge and have been refused a renewal, if it’s still valid you can use it until you get the result of your review.