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You must be a Leicestershire resident and meet certain criteria to qualify for a Blue Badge
Badges are only issued where a condition/disability is permanent. Temporary conditions - eg a broken leg - do not qualify for a badge. Also, conditions where the effect of a disability is intermittent in nature are not usually eligible for a Blue Badge.
You can apply for a Blue Badge from us if you're a Leicestershire resident.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that there will be changes to the Blue Badge criteria so that some people with hidden disabilities, including some people with autism, dementia and mental health conditions, will be able to apply for a Blue Badge.
The new criteria is in addition to the current criteria. If you already meet (and will continue to meet) the current criteria, you will continue to be eligible after 30 August 2019.
If you believe you may be eligible under the new criteria, please do not apply yet as the current application forms do not cover the new categories of disabilities. Applications can't be made until 30 August 2019.
Any applications made prior to 30 August 2019 will be assessed against the current criteria. We are not able to hold or defer applications.
To automatically qualify a person must be over 2 years old and meet at least one of the following criteria:
receives the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
receives a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for being unable to walk more than 50 metres
are registered as blind (severely sight impaired)
receives a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
have received an Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) award, tariffs 1 - 8 and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which means you are unable to walk or have very considerable difficulty in walking
You may also qualify if:
you have a child under 3 years old who has a medical condition and need to transport bulky medical equipment, or you must always be near a vehicle in case your child needs emergency medical treatment
you drive a vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and can't work or have considerable difficulty working parking meters
you have a permanent and substantial disability which means you are unable to walk or you have very considerable difficulty in walking
We may ask you to attend an independent mobility assessment if we can't decide whether you are eligible. It's free and carried out by a qualified professional.
In general, only people who have physical difficulties currently qualify for a Blue Badge. The new Blue Badge Scheme will also consider those with hidden disabilities i.e. it will include some people with neurological or psychological difficulties (mental health conditions). Only those people who have very significant difficulties will be eligible.
Anyone who is currently eligible will continue to be eligible providing that there is no change in their circumstances relating to their conditions or disability. The current rules are generally focussed on mobility issues rather than other difficulties and this won't change – the new rules will simply be added to the current scheme.
At present, people who may be issued with a badge without further assessment are those who are more than two years old and fall within one or more of the following descriptions:
Receives the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA);
Receives 8 points or more under the “moving around” activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP); or
Is registered blind (severely sight impaired); or
Receives a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement (WPMS); or
Has been both awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
In addition to this, from 30 August 2019, people who receive 10 points because they ‘cannot undertake any journey because it would cause them overwhelming psychological distress’ (only) under the “planning and following a journey” activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will be eligible. Please note that people who have 10 points for any other descriptor or a 12 points will not be automatically eligible, but may be eligible subject to further assessment.
She won't automatically be eligible just because of the dementia diagnosis, however she may be eligible subject to an assessment. People with dementia (or their relatives on their behalf) will need to provide sufficient information to demonstrate that either they have significant physical mobility issues, or that they experience very considerable difficulty when they are walking, which may include psychological distress, or that they're at serious risk of harm when they're walking. You will need to complete an application form after 30 August 2019 to help us assess your mother’s eligibility.
No, he won't automatically be eligible just because of the autism diagnosis, however he may be eligible subject to an assessment. You will need to provide sufficient information to demonstrate that either they have significant physical mobility issues, that they experience very considerable difficulty when they are walking, which may include psychological distress, or that they are at serious risk of harm when they are walking. You'll need to fill in an application form after 30 August 2019.
A diagnosis of epilepsy will not result in automatic eligibility for a blue badge. You will need to provide information regarding the frequency of your fits, whether they are controlled by medication and whether the action of walking brings on a seizure.
If you are eligible under the automatic criteria, you will need to provide copies of the relevant benefit letters.
If you are not eligible under the automatic criteria and are applying under hidden disabilities, we will need a formal diagnosis letter or statement from a relevant consultant (or equivalent) and recent information describing the applicant in relation to the Blue Badge criteria. We will publish more information on this over the summer.