Applying for a Blue Badge with a non-visible (hidden) condition

New criteria for blue badge applications is coming on 30th August 2019.

As we reported last month, you can now apply for a Blue Badge if you suffer with a severe non-visible condition such as autism or mental health, for example, you might get a badge if you severely struggle to get from your vehicle to your destination.

Applicants would also need to either:

  • be a constant risk to themselves or other people in traffic or car parks.
  • severely struggle to plan or follow a journey
  • find it difficult or impossible to control their actions and lack awareness of the impact they could have on others
  • regularly have intense and overwhelming responses to situations causing temporary loss of behavioural control
  • frequently become extremely anxious or fearful of public/open spaces

Having a certain condition doesn’t automatically entitle someone to a blue badge though.

A bit of detail about automatic entitlement…

People are automatically entitled to a badge if they scored 10 points on the Personal Independent Payment (PIP) criteria: “cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant”. This is under the “planning and following a journey” part of the PIP mobility assessment.

People aren't automatically entitled if they get PIP but didn't score 10 points on these criteria, or if they get other benefits like Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance. They can still apply though. .

To find out what you will need when you apply or to apply (from 30th August 2019) visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/bluebadge

You can find more disability information on our Money Advice factsheets

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