DLA or PIP Blue Badge automatic eligibility
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.
Please apply for a Blue Badge online and 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 but currently, due to the coronavirus, the blue badge team cannot progress any postal applications, so there will be a substantial delay in processing whereas we are able to progress online applications within a few weeks.
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.
Criteria covering mental health and hidden disabilities
You will be automatically eligible for a blue badge in this criteria if you receive Personal Independence Payments for Planning and following a journey at 10 points in the "planning and following a journey" descriptor (section E) which states "You cannot undertake any journey because it would cause you overwhelming psychological distress". No other amount of points and no other descriptors will automatically entitle you to a blue badge.
Applicants wishing to apply under this criteria but who do not automatically qualify will need to complete the relevant sections and answer all the questions under the "non-visible disability" (sometimes described as hidden disability) section in the application form.
You must also supply professional evidence to support your application and to explain your answers as to why a journey between a vehicle and a destination would be difficult and would meet this criteria. By professional evidence we mean letters and reports from doctors, consultants, occupational therapists, physiotherapist, psychologists, Special Educational Needs reports, SEND reports etc.
Important: During March and April 2020, due to the Coronavirus, the blue badge team cannot access the office or deal with any postal applications so please apply online. This time period is subject to change.