You can apply for a Blue Badge and will qualify without further assessment if you receive the qualifying level of benefits, of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP). We will need to see a copy of the proof of eligibility which will look like the samples below.
When a badge is issued under DLA or PIP it will be issued in line with your benefit expiry date but not for longer than 3 years, as per the Department for Transport guidelines for local authorities on issuing blue badges. This may mean you receive a blue badge for less than 3 years if your benefit expiry date is within 3 years.
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. The qualifying benefits are detailed below.
If you are unable to upload them you can send a copy by post this may slightly delay your application so the quickest and most secure way is to upload them when you apply online.
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 will not automatically qualify you for a Blue Badge so you will need to fully complete an application form about your mobility so we can fully assess your mobility against the current criteria. To do this online you need to select the option that you have difficulty in walking. The DLA statement that we will need to see looks like the example below and we have highlighted in Red the section we need to see which shows you receive the higher rate for mobility.
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 will not automatically qualify for a Blue Badge, and you will need to fully complete an application form about your mobility so we can fully assess your mobility against the current blue badge criteria.
The DLA statement that we need to see looks like the example below and we have highlighted in Red the section we need to see which shows you receive 8 points or more for the Moving around section of the Mobility score.
Criteria covering "hidden" or non-visible disabilities
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 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.
If you do not receive the qualifying benefits you can still apply and will need to fully complete an application form about your non-visible disability and we will fully assess your application against the current blue badge criteria. You will need to answer all the questions in the non-visible criteria. 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. By professional evidence, we mean letters and reports from doctors, consultants, occupational therapists, physiotherapist, psychologists, Special Educational Needs reports, SEND reports etc.