From 30 August 2019, there is a new criteria for Blue Badge applications in England.
Due to the nature of non-visible (hidden) conditions, applications will be assessed by considering an applicant’s needs and the impact a Blue Badge would have on their quality of life.
Having a certain condition or disability does not automatically entitle someone to a Blue Badge
You will be eligible for Blue Badge without further assessment if you meet the following criteria:
Receipt of the mobility component of PIP – with a score of 10 points in Planning and following a journey for descriptor (e)
- If you receive the 10 points in “Planning and following a journey”. Specifically, the 10 points which says: “Cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant.” You will need to provide your full PIP award letter dated within the last 12 months. If your letter is over 12 months old you will also need to provide your yearly update letter. If your letter is over 12 months old, you will need to call and ask for an up to date letter to be sent to you.
- The number to call is 0800 121 4433.
If you did not score this; you should not apply under this criteria.
There is no automatic eligibility under non-visible (hidden) condition with other benefits, including:
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Attendance Allowance (AA)
Instead, if you receive one of these benefits, you can still apply. Your application will be considered under our eligibility criteria detailed in the next section.
You may be eligible for a Blue Badge following further assessment if you meet any of the following criteria:
A person who does not meet the above criteria may still qualify if one of the following apply:
Permanent and substantial disability which means you are unable to walk or have considerable difficulty walking
If there is a non-visible (hidden) condition, causing a severe struggle with journeys between a vehicle and the destination, and at least one of the following apply:
- you are constantly a significant risk to yourself or others near vehicles, in traffic or car parks
- you severely struggle to plan or follow a journey
- you find it difficult or impossible to control your actions and lack awareness of the impact you could have on others
- you regularly have intense and overwhelming responses to situations causing temporary loss of behavioural control
- you frequently become extremely anxious or fearful of public/open spaces