If you have difficulty with your mobility, you may be entitled to apply for a Blue Badge.
This factsheet gives you information on the recent changes to the law on 30 August 2019 regarding the eligibility and how to claim.
You can be automatically eligible (meaning you will not need an assessment to prove that you have mobility difficulties) if you are:
- are registered as blind
- get the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- get at least 8 points in the ‘Moving Around’ activity of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- get War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
- received a lump sum payment as part of the Armed Forces Compensation scheme (tariffs 1 to 8), and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability
- get at least 10 points in the ‘Planning and Following a Journey’ activity of PIP, because of category ‘E’ (cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress)
If you’re not automatically eligible you will need to have an assessment to prove that you have mobility difficulties
You could still get a badge if:
- you have long term problems with walking – including problems caused by stress, anxiety or other mental health issues
- you have severe problems using both your arms
- you’re applying on behalf of a child aged over 2 who has problems walking, or a child under 3 who needs to be close to a vehicle because of a health condition
How to apply:
Through the government website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge or through your local council.
- You may have to pay up to £10.
- You do not need to be able to drive to apply.
- You can apply if you care for a child with a health condition that affects their mobility.
Contact the Advice Team at Citizens Advice Southwark
Telephone: 0344 499 4134