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Who is Entitled to a Badge?

Bedford Borough residents

You must be a resident of Bedford Borough to apply to the Council for a Blue Badge.  If you live in a different area please contact your local Council for information about how to apply for a Blue Badge.

 

People who automatically qualify for a Blue Badge

You will normally automatically qualify for a Blue Badge if:

  • You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living allowance 
  • You received the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) of 8 points or more for 'Moving Around'
  • You receive a War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement
  • You receive a lump sum benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme within tariff levels 1-8 (inclusive)
  • You are registered blind
  • You have a severe disability in both upper limbs, regularly drive a motor vehicle but cannot turn the steering wheel of a motor vehicle by hand even if that wheel is fitted with a turning knob 

 

Other people who may qualify for a Blue Badge

You can also apply for a Blue Badge if;

  • You have a permanent and substantial disability which means you are unable to walk or have very considerable difficulty in walking.

 

People applying for this reason will be asked to answer questions about their disability on the application form.  You may also be asked to attend a mobility assessment where a physiotherapist or occupation therapist will assess your ability to walk.

 

Special rules for children under two years of age

A parent of a child who is less than two years old may apply for a Blue Badge if the child who has a medical condition which means that they :

  1. must have bulky medical equipment with them at all times which cannot be carried around without great difficulty, and/or;
  2. need to be kept near a vehicle at all times, so that they can, if necessary, be treated in the vehicle, or quickly driven to a place where they can be treated, such as a hospital.

 

Examples of bulky medical equipment include;

  • ventilators
  • suction machines
  • feed pumps
  • parenteral equipment
  • syringe drivers
  • oxygen equipment
  • continuous oxygen saturation monitoring equipment
  • casts and medical equipment for the correction of hip dysplasia

 

Examples of medical conditions that mean a child may need quick access to transport to hospital or home may include;

  • tacheostomies
  • severe epilepsy/fitting
  • highly unstable diabetes
  • terminal illness that prevent children from spending any more than brief moments outside and who need a quick route home.

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