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January 23rd, 2018

The blue badge parking permit scheme looks set to be offered to people with ‘hidden’ disabilities – including dementia. This is great news for our clients who live with dementia, and for their families. blue badge

Under new government proposals, the blue badge scheme will include dementia and other hidden disabilities, such as autism. Currently, only some councils recognised hidden disabilities, so the plan by the Department for Transport is to provide “clear and consistent” guidelines.

It means people with dementia should be able to successfully apply for a blue badge, and join the other 2.4 million people who have blue badges in England. The badge allows them to park for free in some pay and display bays, use disabled parking bays, and stay for up to three hours on yellow lines.

The proposals are being put out for an eight-week consultation. If they go ahead, it will be the biggest change to the blue badge scheme since it was introduced in 1970.

If you don’t currently have a blue badge but think you are entitled to one, you can find out more and apply online here.

Once you have your blue badge, you can use it when you are driving, and it can also be used by the driver of a car in which you are travelling, so they can park as near to your destination as possible.

This blog was written by Una Mills, DoCare Director. If you have a relative who you think would benefit from DoCare’s services, or would like assistance yourself, please get in touch. If you are interested in a rewarding career as a support worker, we would love to hear from you – please give us a call or you can apply online.