Blue badges available for people with hidden disabilities from today
From today, the Blue Badge scheme is eligible for people with hidden disabilities such as anxiety and brain injury. This is a great step towards helping people living with a brain tumour or the impact of surgery to get around as easily as possible, and live life as they want to.
Here’s what you need to know
People with hidden disabilities, including brain injury, will now be able to apply for a Blue Badge from 30th August under new guidance from the Department for Transport.
The eligibility for Blue Badges has been extended under the governments Inclusive Transport Strategy, with the aim to make it easier for people with non-visible disabilities to travel safely in the car. It is also hoped that this change will help reduce discrimination for people with hidden disabilities when using disabled parking spaces and improve public understanding of these types of conditions.
As part of the scheme, new guidance has been issued to councils, who are responsible for issuing Blue Badges, along with an online eligibility checker with the aim of making it clearer and easier for people when they apply.
To apply for a blue badge
You can apply for a Blue Badge for yourself or on behalf of someone else through the online eligibility checker which you can access here.
As part of the application, you will have to provide some documentation regarding your condition, any benefits you may be in receipt of and details of professionals who can support your application.
Once the application has been completed, this will be submitted to your local council who will review it and get back to you within an allocated time frame.