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Applying for a Blue Badge

How to apply for a Blue Badge.

We operate an appointment system for all applications so please telephone us on 01792 637366 to make an appointment.

Welsh Government guidance advises us that all applicants should come to the council office issuing the badge so that it can be confirmed that the photograph we take of you is a true likeness of the person to whom the Blue Badge is issued.

If you think you might have difficulty in accessing the Civic Centre, please mention this when you telephone us and we will tell you about the arrangements we have made that will help you.

During our conversation we will take some details off you to check whether you appear to satisfy any of the criteria. If it looks like you will be entitled to a Blue Badge, we will also tell you what evidence we will need you to bring when you come to the contact centre.

This would usually be proof that you suffer with the medical condition you declared and how it affects your mobility.

Applications for people who have a life limiting condition

People who have a life limiting condition will normally have been issued with a DS1500 and are entitled to a blue badge as long as they also have difficulty in walking. A DS1500 is a short report about a person's medical condition. We are advised that they are available from a doctor, specialist or consultant to support applications for Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance but they can also be used to support applications for a Blue Badge.

Alternatively, we could accept a letter from a Macmillan nurse or other relevant health specialist to confirm that the applicant satisfies the criteria under which a DS1500 would normally be issued.

If these circumstances apply to you, please contact us on 01792 637366, or ask someone to do it on your behalf because the application process is much shorter.

What happens when the badge expires?

When a badge expires, you will need to re-apply for a new one.

The expiry date is on the badge. It is usually valid for 3 years and you will receive a reminder letter near the time it is due to expire inviting you to re-apply.

If the new application is approved, you will be asked to return your old badge once you receive your new badge. If your new application is not approved, you will be asked to return your old badge immediately.

What evidence do you need to provide with your application?

We will always attempt to obtain any evidence we need by checking our existing records. However, if we can't gather the evidence by this method, you may be asked to provide some evidence yourself. We will tell you what we need you to provide when we speak to you at the time you make your appointment but some examples are given below.

Proof of where you live

If we cannot confirm your address from our existing records, we will ask you to provide proof such as :

  • A utility bill dated within the last 3 months (for example a gas/electricity/water/phone bill)
  • An up to date rent book
  • A valid driving licence showing your address
  • A vehicle registration document for the correct address
  • A letter from a government department dated within the last 12 months
  • A bank/building society statement dated within the last 3 months
  • A current TV licence
  • If your Blue Badge application is in respect of a child, a Child Benefit or Disability Living Allowance award letter for that child

Proof of your identity

If we cannot confirm your identity from our existing records, we will ask you to provide proof such as:

  • A valid passport
  • A valid driving licence
  • A birth/adoption certificate
  • A marriage/civil partnership certificate
  • HM Forces ID card
  • A UK or EU national identity card
  • An NHS card
  • An ID card for foreign nationals

For a Blue Badge application without any further assessment we will need proof that:

  • You receive the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance at the Higher Rate (Please note this is NOT Attendance Allowance or the Care Component of Disability Living Allowance).
    • Providing proof - we will try and confirm this direct with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) when we meet you. However, sometimes  this cannot be done so we would suggest  you bring/send us a  recent DWP letter which states you have been granted this benefit.
  • You receive Personal Independent Payment at an enhanced rate for the planning of a journey or the standard rate for moving around. That is you satisfy mobility category F for planning and following a journey or mobility categories C, D, E or F for moving around.
    • Providing proof - we will try and confirm this direct with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) when we meet you. However, sometimes  this cannot be done so we would suggest  you bring/send us a  recent DWP letter which states you have been granted this benefit, and the category awarded.
  • You receive a War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement.
    • Providing proof - we will try and confirm this direct with the Ministry of Defence (Veterans UK ) when we meet you. However, sometimes  this cannot be done so we would suggest  you bring/send us a recent letter which states you have been granted this supplement.
  • Severely injured armed forces personnel - you receive a guaranteed payment under tariffs 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes an inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
    • Providing proof - bring/send us  a recent letter which states you have been awarded this payment.
  • You are registered blind.
    • Providing proof - bring/send us a copy of your Ophthalmologist CV1/BD8 or a Certificate of Sight Impairment or a letter confirming you are registered as blind.

For a Blue Badge application with further assessment:

When we make a decision about whether you are entitled to a Blue Badge, we look at all your circumstances. This will include:-

  • Your condition and how it affects your mobility
  • The medication you take
  • The treatment you are receiving from healthcare professionals
  • Any services you access due to your condition
  • Any adaptations made to your home to help you cope with your condition

We will need to ask for evidence about your condition/illness. We will ask you to provide this unless we are able to obtain what is needed from information already held by the Council. We hope to do this in as many cases as possible to speed up the application process for our customers.

Please note: If we do ask you for supporting evidence, any fee you may have to pay to obtain that evidence cannot be paid by us.

  • Your condition and the treatment you receive
    • Providing proof - bring/send us a document issued by a health care professional confirming they are treating you for the condition that affects your ability to walk.

The healthcare professional could be, for example, a consultant, pain clinic or district nurse (but not your G.P.).
The letter could be, for example, an appointment card or care plan.

  • Your medication‚Äč
    • Providing proof - bring/send us a copy of your latest prescription.
  • Services you access
    • Providing proof  - for any services not provided by the Council, bring/send us an official document from the provider showing what services they supply you with. For example, if you pay for care yourself, from anyone other than Social Services, you will need to provide evidence from the care provider.
  • Adaptations made to your home
    • Providing proof - for any adaptations not undertaken by the Council, bring/send us the invoice for the work that was carried out.
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