In August last year, we discussed that the Blue Badge scheme, operating in England was set to undergo significant changes in 2019. – These changes have today come into force.
The most significant amendments to the scheme will see people with ‘hidden disabilities’ being granted access to a Blue Badge, including those who:
- Cannot undertake a journey without there being a risk of serious harm to their health or safety or that of any other person.
- Cannot undertake a journey without it causing them very considerable psychological distress.
- Have very considerable difficulty when walking (both the physical act and experience of walking).
For many people with hidden disabilities, these changes are potentially life changing. Obtaining a blue badge will likely remove barriers previously faced, enabling them to carry out everyday tasks with greater ease and flexibility. – Whether this be shopping, meeting with friends or otherwise, the knowledge that a parking space will be easily accessible will help elevate the emotional and psychological battles previously faced.
Regarding the introduction of the scheme for those with hidden disabilities, Victoria Price commented:
“The introduction of the Blue Badge scheme for those with hidden disabilities is a positive step that we are pleased to see come into force.
Whilst those with physical disabilities have for a number of years been in a position to access disabled parking spaces, those with hidden disabilities who also face barriers to carrying out everyday tasks have not been afforded this same opportunity.
It is an incredibly positive step forward to see that hidden disabilities are now being regarded in the same manner as physical disabilities”.
If you would like further information regarding the Blue Badge scheme and details regarding the application process, this can be found by visiting https://www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge.