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Applying for a Blue Badge

Applications for Blue Badges must be made through the online system.

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We request that applicants complete the process themselves wherever possible, or obtain support from family, friends or support organisations. Support may be available from Citizens Advice, British Red Cross, Age UK, Shaw Trust or contact SCVS for details of other support organisations; links are shown below:

http://www.citizensadvicesnpt.org.uk/

https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-help/get-support-at-home

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/cymru/swanseabay/

https://www.shaw-trust.org.uk/en-GB/Shaw-Trust-in-your-area

https://www.scvs.org.uk/

This is necessary to ensure accuracy in entry of personal and sensitive information, and to allow a fair and impartial decision to be made using information provided independently.

The online service caters for people applying on someone's behalf, and there is also a 'save and return' feature, allowing people to wait for someone to help them complete their application.

Where applicants are unable to access online systems, we provide computers to enable this at the Civic Centre, and also at our community hubs and libraries.

Where applicants are unable to use the online system due to physical or cognitive impairment, we can arrange an appointment to collect and submit the information: please call 01792 637366 to explain the circumstances, and an appointment will be made for attendance at the Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea SA1 3SN at a convenient time. 

If you think you might have difficulty accessing the Civic Centre, please mention this to the Blue Badge team when you telephone, and we will tell you about the arrangements we have made to help you.

Before starting your application.

Before starting your application, you will need the following:

  • A digital or signed photo
  • Your National Insurance number
  • Proof of ID and address (see below)
  • Details of your current badge (if you have one)

Paper applications are no longer accepted.

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, but this may differ according to your personal circumstances and/or the benefits award used to support your application. It is your responsibility to ensure that a re-application is submitted for a further badge to be issued.

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 provide options to upload identity and other evidence as part of the on-line process, or where this is not possible, 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 at a later date.

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 - you will need to provide your original award letter, and if that is over 12 months old, your most recent notification of payment. If you cannot find this letter, please contact the DWP on 0345 712 3456 and ask them to send you a duplicate to support your Blue Badge application.
  • 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 - you will need to provide your original award letter in full, detailing the points awarded in all the various categories, and if that is over 12 months old, your most recent notification of payment. . If you cannot find this letter, please contact the DWP on 0845 850 3322 and ask them to send you a duplicate(s) to support your Blue Badge application.
  • 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 GP).
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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