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Blue Badge Scheme

  • The Blue Badge scheme helps you park closer to your destination if you’re disabled.
  • The old rules for being awarded a Blue Badge were focused on people’s physical ability to walk.
  • With the new rules, you could be given a Blue Badge if you can’t do a journey:
    • Without being at risk of serious harm
    • Without it causing “very considerable psychological distress”
    • Or if you have very considerable difficulty when walking.
  • You should be automatically eligible if you have qualified for PIP Mobility Component and have scored exactly 10 points for “planning and making a journey” because making a journey causes “overwhelming psychological distress”
  • Children who get Higher Rate Mobility Disability Living Allowance (HRMDLA) will also continue to qualify, as before.
  • Not all autistic people need a Blue Badge. But it can be a lifeline for many autistic people and their families – helping them to go out in ways other people take for granted.

(Information sourced from NAS and

Apply for or renew a Blue Badge

Published on 15 September 2021