Pilot Blue Badge Scheme extended to people with a ‘diagnosed mental disorder’

Update on the Blue Badge pilot that came up at the Learning Event. With effect from 1 April 2016, the Blue Badge Scheme is being extended on a pilot basis to some people who suffer from diagnosed ‘mental disorders’. This includes a diagnosis of dementia.

Here is a link to the specific cognitive impairment guidance notes. More information is below.

If you apply, let us know how you get on so we can make sure we finally get a scheme that works for people affected by dementia! http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/…/park…/56/blue_badge_scheme/2

Blue Badge Pilot Scheme:
The pilot will operate across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland for a period of 12 months and if an application is successful under the terms of the pilot, a badge will be issued for 12 months, irrespective of when the application was made during the 12 month pilot period.
Please note that this pilot is being run separately from the rest of the Blue Badge scheme, by way of a separate paper application form only. The online form cannot be used to apply for a badge under this pilot.East Lothian Council has updated their website to provide information – thank you ELC for such prompt action.

Below is a list of evidence that should be provided to ensure that your application can be processed in a timely manner:

A letter confirming your diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment.
AND

An original letter of entitlement to the Higher or Middle Rate of the Care Component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) issued within the last 12 months
OR

An original letter of entitlement to the Higher or Lower Rate of Attendance Allowance issued within the last 12 months.
OR

An original Personal Independence Payment letter issued within the last 12 months that has 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).
AND

A completed questionnaire in Section 3 of the application form completed by a registered health care professional.
If all required sections of the application form are not completed fully or the appropriate evidence is not provided then the application may be unsuccessful. Download the word icon Blue Badge Cognitive Impairment Application Form and guidance notes. [93kb] (Opens in a new window).

 

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