The disabled person’s parking badge pilot, which was launched in April 2016, has been made permanent by the Scottish Government as of December 2017.

The eligibility criteria were revised and extended under a pilot to allow carers and relatives of people who pose a risk to themselves or others in traffic to apply for a disabled person’s parking badge, provided they meet the criteria.

To apply for a blue badge under this scheme, you must contact your local authority.

VOCAL contacted City of Edinburgh Council to clarify the eligibility criteria and further details of the extension to the blue badge scheme. Here is their response:

Who can apply?

Any person can apply on behalf of an applicant eg parent, family member, carer etc, however all information on the application is regarding the applicant.

Who is eligible?

The scheme is for persons who as a result of a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment have no awareness of danger from traffic and is likely to compromise their safety, or the safety of others.

There are two ways to determine eligibility:

1. You will qualify for a Blue Badge without further assessment if you or the person on whose behalf you are applying are aged three years or over AND

A Have a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment and can provide a letter that confirms this diagnosis AND

B is in receipt of either:

  • The higher rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • The higher rate of Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • Has been awarded at least twelve points in respect of activity 7 ( communicating verbally ), activity 8 (reading and understanding signs, symbols and words ) and activity 9 (engaging with other people face to face) of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) *** Please note that points can be accumulated from each of these activities***

AND

C A healthcare professional (excluding a GP) or a registered social worker can confirm that the applicant meets the definition by completing the questionnaire in section 3 of the application form.

2 You may qualify for a Blue Badge following an assessment by the local authority if you or the person on whose behalf you are applying are aged three years or over AND:

A Have a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment and can provide a letter that confirms this diagnosis AND

B is in receipt of either:

  • The middle rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • The lower rate of Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • Has been awarded at least eight points in respect of activity 7 ( communicating verbally ), activity 8 (reading and understanding signs, symbols and words ) and activity 9 (engaging with other people face to face) of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) *** Please note that points can be accumulated from each of these activities***

AND

C A healthcare professional (excluding a GP), teaching professional or a registered social worker can confirm that the applicant meets the definition by completing the questionnaire in section 3 of the application form.

When does this come into effect?

The Pilot Scheme originally came in effect on 1 April 2016 . The Scottish Government has agreed to make the extension permanent as of December 2017.

How to apply

In order to apply for a badge under the Mental disorder/Cognitive Impairment criteria you must contact your local authority and ask for an application form. You cannot apply online for a blue badge under this scheme.

For Edinburgh carers contact Travel Concessions who will send out an application form.
Email: travelconcessions@edinburgh.gov.uk
Telephone: 0131 469 3891

For Midlothian carers contact Blue Badges:
Email: ptu@midlothian.gov.uk
Telephone: 0131 561 5455

Need help with your application?

If you need support to complete an application form please contact your carer support worker or book in to one of our regular free benefit surgeries.

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