You can apply for a Blue Badge and will qualify automatically if you receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) at the required rate.
We will need to see a copy of the proof of eligibility which will look like the samples below.
If you apply for a Blue Badge online you can upload the relevant letters or pages of your PIP award or DLA award which show your name and address, National Insurance number and the details of your award, PIP points for moving around or details of your DLA ward for mobility. If you are unable to upload them you can send a copy by post or email to the Blue Badge team.
Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
The Blue Badge team will need to see a copy of the letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) dated within the last 12 months, showing that you receive Disability Living Allowance 'higher rate mobility component for help with getting around'. It maybe indefinite or time limited.
Attendance Allowance or DLA for Personal care do not automatically qualify you for a Blue Badge so you will need to fully complete an application form about your mobility. To do this online you need to select the option that you have difficulty in walking. When you apply online please complete the application fully. The DLA statement that we will need to see looks like this, and the section in Red showing the higher rate for mobility is the section we need to see:-
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
The Blue Badge team will need to see a copy of the letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) dated within the last 12 months, showing that you receive '8 points or more for the 'moving around activity' under the mobility section' of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
If less than 8 points have been awarded or points have only been awarded for 'planning and following a journey' you do not automatically qualify for a Blue Badge, and you will need to fully complete an application form about your mobility.
New criteria covering mental health and hidden disabilities
From 30 August 2019 the new criteria for a blue badge covering mental health and hidden disabilities comes into force.
This will mean you will be automatically eligible for a blue badge if you receive Personal Independence Payments for Planning and following a journey at 10 points in the "planning and following a journey" descriptor (section D) which states "You cannot undertake any journey because it would cause you overwhelming psychological distress".
No other amount of points and no other descriptor will be an automatic qualifier, but from 30 August there will be new questions in both the online and paper application where you can give information about your mental health issues and how they affect your mobility.