Mike Hedges AM backs calls for Disabled Blue Badge application process to be streamlined and applied consistently across Wales.

Mike Hedges AM backs calls for Disabled Blue Badge application process to be streamlined and applied consistently across Wales.

Speaking from the Assembly, Swansea East AM, Mike Hedges AM Said… ‘ I agree with the findings of the committee – the application process for a blue badge should be as simple as possible and should be the same where ever you live in Wales. I am very concerned about the number of ways that people are asked to prove their disability. The scheme enables disabled people freedom to live lives independently, but the process to get a badge should not act as a disincentive to applying. I hope that the Assembly considers making the guidance for the scheme legally binding on all local authorities.

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Disabled people in Wales face “inconsistent” management of blue badges depending where they live, according to an assembly committee.
Some councils use specialist occupational therapists to assess applicants while others rely on assessments undertaken by lay staff.
Cancer charity Tenovus said some would accept letters from GPs or nurses, but others would not.
AMs also found renewing blue badges can be difficult and potentially invasive.
Guidance issued to local authorities is not legally binding, meaning the 22 councils have different ways of administering the scheme.