How to complete a blue badge application
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How to complete a blue badge application

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Alistair Clay Author

Author 09.01.2024

Alistair Clay

Are you wondering how to complete a blue badge application?

If you have an illness or disability that impacts your journeys or access to places, you could be eligible for one.

The application is simple to complete, but we’ll guide you through the process so you don’t miss anything.

Keep reading for support on how to complete a blue badge application and apply now for stress free car travel.

Here’s a summary of what we’ll cover:

  • A blue badge helps you park closer to places, so you can access them more easily. 
  • If you’re wondering how to complete a blue badge application, don’t worry, it’s not too difficult. 
  • In fact, some people are automatically eligible for a blue badge if they receive other benefits for some medical conditions.
  • For those who need to complete an application, you’ll need to provide personal documents as proof of entitlement.
What is a blue badge

What is a blue badge?

The blue badge scheme is used in the UK to help people with a disability park closer to their destination. 

It makes using public spaces more accessible through safe and easy access to parking for people with certain health conditions. 

Then badge holders don’t have to spend time looking for a space or getting between the car park and the destination.

It also applies to people who can drive but have a disability that affects both arms, so are unable to use parking metres.

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Who can apply for a blue badge?

Anybody living with a disability or health condition that affects your mobility can apply for a blue badge. 

If you are in receipt of certain benefits, such as Disability Living Allowance, you may be automatically eligible. 

And you don’t even have to have a car or drive yourself, someone who drives you can use your badge when you’re on board. 

The application is pretty straightforward and shouldn’t take too long to complete.

How to complete a blue badge application online

How to complete a blue badge application

Follow the questions on GOV.UK, including selecting your local authority, and adding personal details and benefits. 

Once you’ve answered all the questions it will confirm your eligibility, and direct you to the application. 

The answers you provide at this stage will determine whether you apply via the automatic entitlement or not.

Ensure you give the correct details which you can provide evidence for, as not doing so could hinder your application.

What is the application process?

As mentioned, some people are automatically eligible for a blue badge, but they still have to apply on GOV.UK.

If you’re not automatically entitled to one through your circumstances, you can still apply. 

But you must provide details of your disability and demonstrate how a blue badge would help you on journeys.

The application is done through the local council where you live, so find your local council for their exact application process. 

Does the blue badge cost?

A blue badge costs up to £10 in England and £20 in Scotland but it’s free in Wales.

 

Who is automatically entitled to a blue badge?

There are some conditions or medical circumstances that make people automatically eligible for a blue badge.

But these people still have to apply through the GOV.UK website to register their need for the badge. 

What medical conditions automatically qualify for a blue badge?

You will automatically be eligible for a blue badge if you are registered blind or care for a child who is blind.

Or if you receive the mobility component of PIP because you can’t walk more than 50 metres or struggle planning journeys.

As well as if you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance. 

Or a War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement or Armed Forces Compensation for a permanent and substantial disability.

What do you have to provide in a blue badge application?

If you’re not automatically eligible, you’ll need to fill in an extra part of the application form.

This is to explain why you need a badge and provide details about your condition with relevant evidence. 

Showing evidence can be done through providing documents such as proof of benefits or medications. 

You may need an extra assessment form the local council based on the answers you give before they process your application.

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Does my doctor need to provide evidence for me?

Your doctor won’t be asked to specially provide evidence, and they can’t help you to get a blue badge. 

However, you might find that medical letters or results form part of the evidence that can be useful for your application.

The only time you may have to ask your doctor for something is if you have a life limiting illness. 

They will provide you with a SR1 form which can help you get fast tracked for benefits if you are terminally ill. 

What happens if my application for a blue badge is rejected

What happens if my application for a blue badge is rejected?

If your application for a blue badge is unsuccessful, you can ask for the decision to be reviewed by the council.

They will tell you the reasons why they have refused your application, so you must respond to explain why these reasons are incorrect.

Ensure you include any evidence and explanations related to your difficulties driving or using parking metres in your response letter. 

As long as you have a genuine need for a blue badge, it’s worth doing this to maintain your independence on journeys.

Reapply in the future

If you aren’t able to get a blue badge the first time, that doesn’t mean that you won’t be eligible for one in the future. 

You may experience mobility problems or a health diagnosis that change your eligibility, so don’t forget to apply if your circumstances change.

Don’t forget that if you have a life limiting illness, your application can be fast tracked, as long as you provide the necessary evidence.

Getting your blue badge

Getting your blue badge

It may take up to 12 weeks for the local council to process your application and make a decision. 

When you have the badge, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the rules about using a blue badge. 

These include where you can park, how to display it and only using the badge for your personal benefit.  

Improper use of it can result in a £1000 fine and you may get your blue badge revoked. 

Renewing your blue badge

Blue badges last up to three years but have an expiry date, so you must remember to renew it if it is still needed. 

You will get an automatic reminder to renew your badge four to six weeks before it expires, but you should make a note of the date.

It’s important to renew it in time as if you don’t, you may need to re-apply and you could be without a badge. 

The council does not automatically send out new blue badges to prevent them being misused by people who no longer need them.

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Alistair Clay Author

Author 09.01.2024

Alistair Clay

Alistair is a founding Director of Sweet Pea Care and the Managing Director of social care communications agency Arc Seven where he advises some of the UK’s biggest care providers.