If you are caring for someone with a “hidden disability”, such as a learning disability, autism or a mental health condition, you may now be entitled to a Blue Badge. A Blue Badge allows you to park in some places other people can’t and sometimes get free or discounted parking.
The government has announced that the eligibility criteria for the blue badge scheme will be changing to include those with ‘hidden’ disabilities. This will benefit people who are autistic or have a learning disability, dementia or a mental illness.
Government is proposing changing the eligibility criteria for the Blue Badge scheme to include people with non-physical conditions and to allow a range of healthcare professionals with specific expertise (other than the applicant’s GP) to undertake the assessments and to offer an automatic badge eligibility for people with non-physical disabilities who score 12 points under the PIP Activity – ‘Planning and Following Journeys’.
The deadline is 18 March. View more information including the online survey by clicking here.