Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme enables people with a recognised disability to park in disabled parking spaces.

in 2011, the government announced a programme of reforms to the Blue Badge Scheme. The reforms meant the transfer of the assessments for blue badge eligibility from GPs to independent mobility assessors, and the budget for these assessments went from the NHS to local authorities. The GP assessments are non-contractual.  There is more information on the Blue Badge Scheme area of the Department of Transport website and also on the website .

In 2019, the government extended the eligibility criteria of the Blue Badge scheme in England to people with non-visible disabilities. Based on need and representing the most significant change to the scheme in over 40 years, this was expected to assist thousands more disabled people to access the scheme in the first year.

It is the Department for Transport’s view that the interpretation of the regulations recludes the use of the applicant’s GP and anyone else who has been involved in the applicant’s ongoing care and treatment in determining the applicant’s eligibility. It does not, however, prevent a local authority from making use of factual information from the GP or other medical professionals as evidence to support the eligibility decision making process.

Providing factual information for a local authority is a collaborative function and a fee may be charged by the practice, payable by the local authority.

Applications for a new, or renewal of a Blue Badge can be made online by the applicant or a relative/friend/organisation on their behalf.

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