Vulnerable and elderly being let down over chaotic blue badge scheme

This is an article for Seaside News

Last month I held a short debate in the Assembly on the problems faced by many people in obtaining a blue badge.

The Welsh Government has changed the rules so as to stop the abuse of this system. That is welcome but the downside is that large numbers of people who are genuinely entitled to a blue badge are not getting one.

Problems include:

  • elderly people who do not have access to consultants having no way to provide medical evidence as the Minister has excluded GPs from providing notes;
  • unqualified council officers making assessments;
  • Councils refusing to carry out occupational therapist assessments on appeal even though the Welsh Government guidance says that they should do so. One constituent complained that his local council wanted to charge him for an OT assessment;
  • Councils insisting that the condition affecting the applicant must be permanent even though the blue badge only lasts three years.

If you or somebody you know is in this position and needs my assistance then please get in touch. I can be contacted via my office on 01792 536353 or at peter.black@wales.gov.uk

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