At our mobility shop in Hackney, we’ve had many conversations with our clients about their struggles to get out and about. As well as providing mobility equipment to help our customers get around, we’re always happy to offer advice about anything mobility-related. If you struggle with walking or other mobility problems, then you might be entitled to a Blue Badge. Here’s how you can get one.
How to apply for a Blue Badge?
The Blue Badge scheme is administered by your local authority / council, and you should contact them directly for information about the scheme and to get their application form.
Or, you can apply online on the gov.uk website.
It’s worth knowing that councils can charge for a Blue Badge, but the most you can be charge is £10.
You can’t use an expired badge, so it’s important to apply for a new one as early as possible. Your council will let you know when your badge needs to be renewed.
Who can get a Blue Badge?
You’ll automatically qualify for a Blue Badge if you meet one of the following criteria:
- You are registered as blind (severely sight impaired).
- You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA). This has now been replaced with Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and you’ll be eligible for a Blue Badge if you have been awarded 8 or more points in the ‘moving around’ activity of PIP.
- You receive a War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement.
- You have received a lump sum payment as part of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme (tariffs 1 – 8 ) and have been certified as having a permanent or substantial disability.
If you’re applying for a badge and you meet any of these criteria you will automatically quality, if you have the correct documentation to support your claim. Which brings us onto our next point…
What documents will you need?
You’ll need the following documents to support your application. Make sure you have:
- Your National Insurance number (or child reference number if you’re applying on behalf of a child).
- Your driving licence, if you hold one.
- The number, expiry date and local council on your current Blue Badge, if you hold one.
- Your original decision letter from the Department of Work and Pensions (if you automatically qualify for a Blue Badge).
- Proof of ID. A passport, driving license, or birth or marriage certificate will do just fine!
- Proof of address. A Council Tax bill or utility bill dated in the last 3 months are both acceptable.
- A photograph of the person the badge is for.
It’s important to make sure you send photocopies of your documents instead of the originals. If your application was lost in the post, your original documents would be gone too!