Blue Badge Scheme
The Blue Badge scheme allows people who have difficulty getting about to park their cars close to the facilities and services that they need to use.
How do I get a Blue Badge?
Anyone aged over two years old automatically qualifies for a Blue Badge if they
- are registered blind
- are receiving a War Pensioner’s Mobility supplement
- are receiving the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
- are aged 16-64 and receive 8 points or more under the ‘Moving Around’ activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment because they cannot stand and walk (aided or unaided) more than 50 metres.
- have a terminal illness and hold a DS1500 report from your GP or the MacMillan Nursing Trust
- are certified by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
- use a motor vehicle for disabled people supplied by a government health department
- have a severe disability in both upper limbs and regularly drive a motor vehicle and either cannot operate or have considerable difficulty operating all or some type of parking meter (for example, due to a thalidomide related disability)
- under 2 years of age and have a condition that requires that you must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment, or must remain close to a vehicle for emergency medical treatment.
What if I don’t qualify for a blue badge?
If you do not automatically qualify you eligibility will need to be assessed by Newcastle City Council. They will decide if you can have a Blue Badge. The council might also ask you to be assessed by an independent mobility assessor, like an occupational therapist or physiotherapist.
Community Health & Social Care Direct (formerly Adult Social Care Direct) may be able to help if you need advice or support with health care and equipment. Contact them to request an assessment.
How do I apply for a Blue badge?
Contact Blue Badge Scheme at Newcastle City Council.
Apply online at www.gov.uk.
Last updated: March 1, 2019