Council warns of changes to ‘blue badge’ applications

Argyll and Bute Council has warned holders of disabled parking permits - commonly known as ‘blue badges’ - of significant changes in the way that applications for permits are processed.

FROM September 1, changes made by the UK government to the process for assessing eligibility for a blue badge take effect.

These will affect customers who are not automatically entitled to the permit through qualifying benefits and are applying under discretionary criteria such as ‘unable or virtually unable to walk’. Up to 56 per cent of applications currently fall into this category.

The changes mean that people who are applying for a disabled parking permit will have an Independent Mobility Assessment (IMA) carried out by a qualified practitioner under referral. This process could take up to eight weeks.

Applications should still be made to Argyll and Bute Council, either in person at a customer service point, by post or online. All applications made after September 1 will be dealt with under the new procedure.

Argyll and Bute Council has written to all customers who may be affected, but there is also information available at customer service points and online at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/bluebadgechanges