- 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 Gov.uk)