The Blue Badge scheme helps you park closer to your destination if you’re disabled.
Who can get a Blue Badge?
Some people are able to get a Blue Badge automatically and some people may need to undergo a mobility assessment.
You are automatically entitled to a Blue Badge if:
- You receive Disability Living Allowance at the higher rate for getting around;
- You are registered blind;
- You receive a War Pensions Mobility Supplement;
- Has been both awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
If you are not automatically entitled to a Blue Badge you will need to be assessed by an independent mobility assessor. In line with the Government's reform programme, it is no longer possible for this assessment to be carried by your own GP.
People who may be issued with a badge after further assessment are those who are more than two years old and fall within one or more of the following descriptions:
- Drives a vehicle regularly, has a severe disability in both arms and is unable to operate, or has considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meter; or
- Has a permanent and substantial disability that causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
Children under the age of three may be eligible for a badge if they are:
- A child who, on account of a condition, must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty;
- A child who, on account of a condition, must always be kept near a motor vehicle so that, if necessary, treatment for that condition can be given in the vehicle or the child can be taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where such treatment can be given.
Charging for Blue Badges
Between September and November 2012, we asked existing Blue Badge holders and members of the public to comment on proposals to introduce a charge of £10 for each Blue Badge with effect from 1st April 2013.
We would like to thank those of you who took part in this consultation. We received more than 6,000 responses. Of these, 77% of people either strongly agreed or agreed with the proposals to introduce a charge, and 74% felt that a charge of between £5 and £14.99 for each Blue Badge was fair. The full results of the consultation can be found online.
Disabled Parking Consultation Results
As a result of this, from 1st April 2013, Stockport Council will be charging £10 for all Blue Badges issued, including renewals. To find out more about how this will affect you, please see 'Related Documents'.
Changes to the Application Process
Recent changes to the application process will make it easier to crack down on fraud, improve customer service and speed up the time it takes to renew Blue Badges. Stockport Council will still be in charge of administering the Blue Badge scheme.
Applying for or renewing a badge might mean completing a different application form to one you may have completed before. This may also involve providing different information so that we can process your application more effectively and make an informed decision about whether or not you need to have a mobility assessment.
Different ways to apply
The simplest and quickest way to apply is to visit the Directgov website where you will be able to check to see if you are eligible or not, apply for and renew a badge. You will also be able to track the progress of your application and sign up for text and email reminders at renewal time.
Make an Appointment
If you are applying under automatic criteria and would like support to complete a Blue Badge application, including having your photo taken free of charge, we are holding a number of sessions at Fred Perry House, Edward Street, Stockport SK1 3XE. Unfortunately these are not 'drop in' sessions and you will need to phone 0161 474 3422 to make an appointment before you come along.
If you are applying under discretionary criteria and would like support to complete a Blue Badge application over the telephone, please contact the Blue Badge team on 0161 474 3422 and they will make you an appointment to speak with an advisor.
If you are unsure, please call 0161 474 3422 or email email@example.com to discuss how best to apply.
What happens next?
If you are eligible for a Blue Badge parking permit it will be issued in accordance with guidance from the Government and it will be sent to you by post. This will no longer be sent to you from your local Council office but will be issued by one central organisation working on behalf of all local Councils. If you are not eligible, you will receive a letter telling you why and giving information about how to request a review of the decision.
What if I'm not happy?
If you are not happy with the decision, or you wish to make a complaint, follow the link below for details of how to do this.
If your application for a Blue Badge has been refused following an Independent Mobility Assessment you have the right to request a review of the decision. You can do this if you think that you meet the criteria laid down by the Department of Transport. The Council is required to approve Blue Badges only for people who meet these criteria.
How to request a review of the decision
If you want to request a review of the decision you should:
- Notify the Council in writing only within one month of the date of your refusal letter. This letter should be addressed to BB Review Team, 4th Floor, Stopford House, Piccadilly, Stockport SK1 3XE.
- Provide additional medical/supporting evidence which should be in addition to that made available during the application process and which indicates both the severity and permanent nature of your disability, and the impact that this has on your mobility.
Any additional evidence that you provide should be current and relevant to the eligibility criteria of the scheme. Please note that the emphasis at appeal stage is on you to provide additional supporting information and not on the Local Authority to gather this on your behalf.
Reviewing the decision
Once we have received your request, we will review the additional medical/supporting information that you have provided. We will then further review your case based on the eligibility criteria laid down by the Department for Transport, the information contained within your initial application form, documented evidence obtained through the independent mobility assessment you have had, and the new evidence you have supplied in support of your appeal. We will normally let you have a decision within one month of receiving your appeal.
If as a result of this review, you are approved for a Blue Badge under discretionary criteria, we will send you a confirmation letter. You may at this stage be asked to produce a passport sized photograph to enable us to process your application and approve production of your Blue Badge. If you are refused a Blue Badge following appeal you will be notified in writing and you will be given an explanation underpinning the decision.
If you are dissatisfied with the way in which your application has been processed, or the manner in which you have been treated during the course of the application process, please contact the Blue Badge Team on 0161 474 3422 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will advise you how to progress your complaint.