Blue Badge Scheme - Hidden Disabilities
From the 30th of August 2019 people with hidden disabilities will now be eligible to access the Blue Badge Scheme.
This means that People with hidden disabilities, such as dementia and anxiety disorders, will be able to access blue badge parking permits which allows members of the public who have a disability to park close to their destination.
Previously, the blue badge scheme was only issued when an applicant’s mobility was significantly impaired. Under the new guidance, eligibility for permits will be extended to those with hidden disabilities, including:
- People who cannot travel without risk of serious harm to their health and safety or someone else's (such as young children with autism).
- People who cannot travel without "very considerable psychological distress".
- People who have very considerable difficulty when walking, meaning "both the physical act and experience of walking".
For a detailed description on who can apply for a blue badge, visit the Gov.UK website
How do you apply for a blue badge?
You can apply for a new badge or renew one on the Gov.UK website
A blue badge costs up to £10 in England and £20 in Scotland. It is free in Wales.
Your application will be sent to your council which makes the decision on your eligibility.
What do you need to apply?
You will need a recent digital photo showing your head and shoulders.
You will also need a photo or scan of your:
• Proof of identity (such as a birth certificate, passport or driving licence)
• Proof of address (such as a Council Tax bill or government letter)
• Proof of benefits (if you receive any)
You will also need to know:
• Your National Insurance number (if you have one)