This is good news, however, with Local Authorities (LAs) still having the final say on who does and does not qualify, will this become a ‘Postcode Lottery’.
The LAs having the final say on who does or does not, they may not issue them directly, as this could be done by a another organisation.
To ensure consistency should not one organisation deal with the total process. When LAs did issue their own Blue Badges directly then I could see the reason for each authority to do their own, but not now.
To obtain a Blue Badge see https://www.gov.uk/blue-badge-scheme-information-council
The rules regarding Blue Badge parking should also be consistent, but they are not. See http://www.knowyourparkingrights.org/News/the-blue-badge-scheme
New guidance means those with conditions such as dementia or anxiety may be eligible for parking permit
People with invisible disabilities can now apply to use blue badge parking permits, the government has announced.
The Department for Transport (DfT) issued the new guidance on Saturday, advising that those with conditions such as dementia or anxiety disorders could be eligible for the scheme, which allows people to park closer to their destination.
But despite the new criteria, local authorities will still have the final say on who does and does not qualify. There are about 2.35 million holders of the blue badge in the UK at present. The DfT could not estimate how many more people would qualify after the extension of the rules.
The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, said: “As a society, we don’t do enough for people with hidden disabilities. I hope this change to blue badge guidance will make…
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