Blue badge Scheme Extension
New legislation is expanding the eligibility for "Blue Badges", previously only available for people with physical walking difficulties, to now include people who have "hidden" disabilities.
There are many disabilities/conditions which fall into the new category. But it's not automatic, just because someone has a non-visible (hidden) disability e.g. Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), does not mean that they will automatically qualify for a Blue Badge. Government regulations have eligibility criteria in place and applications will have to be supported by evidence from relevant professionals to show that the criteria have been met. The regulations refer to an applicant when undertaking a journey experiencing "very considerable psychological distress" or who are at risk of "serious harm" to themselves, or to those supporting them or around them.
For more information on eligibility, or to apply online, please visit Surrey County Council's website: www.surreycc.gov.uk/bluebadges This is the quickest and easiest way to find out information, or to apply for a Blue Badge. Or if you need to speak to someone, call Surrey County Council on 0300 200 1003.
CTY CLLR KEITH WITHAM