Blue Badge scheme extended from 30 August 2019

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The Blue Badge scheme, which helps disabled people park closer to their destinations, will be extended to people with “hidden disabilities” – including people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions – from 30 August 2019.

The new Blue Badge scheme criteria will extend eligibility to people 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 considerable psychological distress
  • have very considerable difficulty when walking (both the physical act and experience of walking).
What are the hidden disabilities?

While the catch-all phrase encompasses many health issues, here’s some of the most common:

  • ADHD
  • Amnesia
  • Anxiety
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Complex mental health disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Diseases
  • Lupus
  • ME
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ulcerative Colitis

This is not considered to reflect an exhaustive list.

More information

Document for informing colleagues in the third sector that individuals may come to them for advice regarding the new criteria for blue badges and support in their application.

Leeds City Council Blue Badge page

Disability Rights UK Blue Badge page


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2019-09-06T11:17:54+00:00 28th August 2019|0 Comments

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Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and also deals with admin and office management. He enjoys the wide variety of his role which covers things like designing reports and documents, organising meetings, putting together ebulletins, writing blogs, updating the LOPF website and social media and making sure that the office never runs out of milk. He has worked in the third sector since 2001 first with Volition and then LOPF and is the longest serving member of the Forum Central team. Previous to this Sean had mainly worked in horticulture and also had a spell managing a newsagent shop.

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