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Archive July 2018

The Department for Transport has announced that it is extending the Blue Badge scheme so that more people with ‘invisible’ health problems, such as autism and mental health problems, can now apply.

The Blue Badge scheme offers accessible parking for people who find travel difficult, allowing them to park closer to their destination than other drivers.

Although Blue Badges have always been available to people with mental health problems, when Disability Living Allowance (DLA) moved over to Personal Independence Payment (PIP), the eligibility criteria changed meaning that many people with mental health problems lost their Blue Badges.

The Government has now recognised that people with mental health problems often struggle with these issues when it comes to taking public transport, making unfamiliar journeys or walking longer distances.

Full story: National Mind