Disabled people with a range of conditions have the ability to access goods and services, by using a Blue Badge to park close to their destination.
Blue Badge legislation was updated on 30 August 2019 to extend eligibility to those with "hidden disabilities".
Blue Badge applications on the grounds of hidden disabilities may be subject to further independent assessment.
Blue Badges for those with hidden disabilities
You will be able to obtain a badge automatically if you:
- receive the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and have obtained 10 points specifically for Descriptor E under the “planning and following journeys” activity
Please be aware that if you are in receipt of 10 points for Descriptor D, or 12 points for Descriptor F under the ‘planning and following journeys’ mobility activity, you do not qualify automatically.
You may still be eligible for a Blue Badge if you have an enduring (lasting for at least 3 years) and substantial disability that means that you:
- are unable to walk
- experience very considerable difficulty whilst walking, which may include very considerable psychological distress
- are at risk of serious harm when walking; or pose, when walking, a risk of serious harm to any other person
For those who wish to apply under the ‘hidden’ (non-visible) disability criteria, please read the research undertaken by Department for Transport. You can view this Blue Badge research: eligibility for people with non-visible disabilities on GOV.UK.
We use this guidance to help determine Blue Badge eligibility, especially for those who are applying with:
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
- Chronic Pain or Fatigue
- Irritable Bowl Diseases
Evidence in support of your application
The majority of applications made on these grounds will require an assessment to take place in order for us to consider your eligibility. Therefore if you're applying for a Blue Badge it's important for you to:
- explain in your own words how your disability affects you whilst walking
- respond to questions about how your disability affects you
- identify any coping strategies you use, and how effectively these work in practice
- explain why you might avoid different types of journeys due to the kinds of experiences you face as a result of your condition
- provide names and contact details of any health or social care practitioners involved in your diagnosis and ongoing treatment
- explain how you experience an overwhelming sense of fear of public, open or busy spaces
- explain whether the effort of walking presents a danger to your life or would be likely to lead to a serious deterioration in your health
- show that you should not walk very far because of the danger to your health
It is also essential that you provide medical evidence to support your application, such as:
- diagnosis letters
- patient summaries
- Education Health and Care (EHC) plans
- details of any disability benefits received
- documents for any treatment or medication you receive to help you manage your condition
Please note that the above documents will not result in a badge being issued automatically, but will help us to determine your eligibility.
If you don't meet the automatic qualifying criteria there may be a requirement for you to provide further information from a clinical professional involved in your care.