Blue Badge Pilot Scheme

Date: 6th April 2016

Blue badge imageDown’s Syndrome Scotland is pleased to announce that, with effect from 1 April 2016 and operating across all 32 local authority areas, the Blue Badge scheme will be extended on a pilot basis to include:

“People, who as a result of a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment, have no awareness of danger from traffic and are likely to compromise their safety, or the safety of others.”

There are two different sets of criteria for getting a Blue Badge as part of this scheme:

  1. You will qualify for a Blue Badge without further assessment if you or the person on whose behalf you are applying are aged three years or over and:
  1. have a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment and can provide a letter that confirms the diagnosis and
  2. is in receipt of either; the higher rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), the higher rate of Attendance Allowance (AA) or has been awarded at least twelve points in respect of activity 7 (communicating verbally), activity 8 (reading and understanding signs, symbols and words) and activity 9 (engaging with other people face to face) of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) ***Please note that points can be accumulated from each of these activities**

a healthcare professional (excluding a GP) or registered social worker can confirm that the applicant meets the definition by completing the questionnaire in the application form.

 

2. You may qualify for a Blue Badge following an assessment by the local authority if you or the person on whose behalf you are applying are aged three years or over and

  1. have a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment and can provide a letter that confirms this diagnosis and
  2. is in receipt of either: the middle rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), the lower rate of Attendance Allowance (AA) or has been awarded at least eight points in respect of activity 7 (communicating verbally), activity 8 (reading and understanding signs, symbols and words) and activity 9 (engaging with other people face to face) of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) ***Please note that points can be accumulated from each of these activities***
  3.  a healthcare professional (excluding a GP) or a registered social worker can confirm that the applicant meets the definition by completing the questionnaire in the application form.

The pilot will last from 1 April 2016 to 31st March 2017. All badges will be valid for a 12 point period from when they are awarded.

You can contact your Local Authority directly to ask for a form: www.bluebadgescotland.org/contact_local

More information on the pilot scheme can be found on Transport Scotland’s website: www.transport.gov.scot/road/blue-badge-scheme#BlueBadge

If you have any questions or would like support in applying, please get in touch with the member of our Family Support Service team covering your area (www.dsscotland.org.uk/about-us/staff/family-support-service-staff/ ) or get in touch with our Policy Officer at William@dsscotland.org.uk.

We are keen to hear of the differences that having a Blue Badge makes to family life therefore if you apply and are successful under this new scheme please let us know, as it is only by having the evidence that we hope to be able to secure a permanent change.