Do you think people living with dementia should be entitled to a Blue Badge?
We are campaigning to change the criteria for the Disabled Persons Parking (Blue Badge scheme) in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to match those in Wales.
What is a Blue Badge?
The aim of the Blue Badge scheme is to help people living with a disability who have severe mobility problems to access goods, services and other facilities by allowing them to park close to their destination.
The scheme provides a national range of on-street parking concessions for Blue Badge holders who are traveling either as a driver or passenger. It allows badge holders to park without charge or time limit in places such as on-street disabled bays and at on-street parking meters and pay and display machines. Badge holders can also park on yellow lines for up to three hours, unless a ban on loading or unloading is in force.
Currently in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland you need to have a disability or be registered blind to apply for a Blue Badge. Whereas in Wales if you have been awarded 12 or more points in the ‘planning and following a journey’ activity of the mobile component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP benefits), or you have a cognitive impairment that means you cannot plan and follow the route of a familiar journey, you can apply for a Blue Badge.
This means that people living with dementia are not always eligible for a Blue Badge.
Why is this important?
People living with dementia can often experience loss of coordination and mobility problems, meaning getting around can become tricky. A quick trip to the shop or a hospital appointment can become a real risk. Because of this, people living with dementia can be excluded from many activities which goes against the government’s commitment to dementia friendly communities.
As it is now, a carer or family member may need to help the person living with dementia to get out of the car and then leave them while they park, which risks the person becoming distracted, wandering away and getting lost.
We want to see a change. We want people living with dementia to be specifically eligible to apply for a Blue Badge, meaning activities that many of us take for granted, like popping to the shop or visiting a friend, are accessible and enjoyable again.
Sign the petition today and lets help people living with dementia continue to do the things they enjoy and maintain their independence for longer.