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New Blue Badge rules make it easier for children to qualify in England

Tuesday 5th November 2019

The Blue Badge rules in England underwent major changes this summer, designed to make it easier for children and adults with so called 'invisible disabilities', like learning difficulties or autism spectrum disorders, to qualify.

Who may qualify?

Some young disabled people will start to qualify automatically if they get Personal Independence Payment and scored 10 points specifically for Descriptor E, under the "planning and following journeys" activity, on the grounds that they are unable to undertake any journey because it would cause them overwhelming psychological distress.

Disabled children and young people will also be able to qualify if their local authority assesses that they:

  • Are unable to walk; or
  • Experience very considerable difficulty whilst walking, which may include very considerable psychological distress; or
  • Be at risk of serious harm when walking; or pose, when walking, a risk of serious harm to any other person.

Assessing your application

The new rules also allow local authorities to use a broader range of professionals to assess the nature and effects of an applicant's particular disability on their ability to get around.

Confused by the changes?

We are inviting you to ask our parent advisers any questions you may have about applying for a Blue Badge in England, or changes to the BlueBadge scheme, at a special Q&A session on 13 November between 2-4.30pmon our Facebook page.

Can't make the 13 November?

We have lots of information about the Blue Badge scheme on our website, plus other topics like school transport. You can also find out more about the different Blue Badge rules in the different nations on our Blue Badge webpage.