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DfT Release New Blue Badge Statistics

Posted in General News on Friday, January 3rd, 2020

The latest Blue Badge statistics released by the Department for Transport (DfT) show that 12,299 people have been issued Blue Badges because they qualify under the new criteria. Since August 2019 people with ‘non-visible’ disabilities such as dementia and autism, have been eligible for a Blue Badge along with those who experience considerable psychological distress while walking. The extended Blue Badge eligibility criteria has only been in place for three months and the DfT expects that the number of applications will continue to rise in the near future. With this in mind, the department has agreed to provide local authorities with £1.7 million to help them prepare for the expected increase in Blue Badge holders. The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, commented:  “People with hidden conditions like these have to fight not just their disability, but the psychological worry that others may not recognise them as disabled. I’m proud that our reform is already changing thousands of people’s lives, allowing those in need to carry on their daily lives with more confidence and helping combat loneliness and isolation.” However, in order for the Blue Badge scheme to remain effective, disabled parking provision needs to increase to meet demand and enforcement of the scheme also needs to improve.

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Margaret crosfield

Monday, January, 13th, 2020

There will need to be revised percentages due disabled parking in council car parks . There are never enough as it is