The Blue Badge scheme helps parents/carers park their vehicle closer to your destination if you have a child or young person with a disability or additional needs.
Who is automatically entitled to a Blue Badge? The parent/cares of children and young people with a disability and additional needs are only automatically entitled to a blue badge if their child is registered blind, or receives higher Disability Living Allowance.
What happens if my child is not automatically entitled to a Blue Badge? If you are not automatically entitled to a Blue Badge you will need to be assessed by an independent mobility assessor. People who may be issued with a badge after assessment are those who are:
- More than two years old and have a permanent and substantial disability that causes an inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
Children under the age of three may be eligible for a badge if they are:
- A child who, on account of a condition, must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty.
- A child who, on account of a condition, must always be kept near a motor vehicle so that, if necessary, treatment for that condition can be given in the vehicle or the child can be taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where such treatment can be given.
Is there a charge for the Blue Badge? Stockport Council will be charging £10 for all Blue Badges issued, including renewals.
How do I apply for the Blue Badge Scheme.
Online: The simplest and quickest way to apply is to click this here where you will be able to check to see if you are eligible or not, apply for and renew a badge. You will also be able to track the progress of your application and sign up for text and email reminders at renewal time.
Make an Appointment: If you are applying and would like support to complete a Blue Badge application, Stockport Council is holding a number of sessions at Fred Perry House, Edward Street, Stockport SK1 3XE. These are not 'drop in' sessions and you will need to phone 0161 474 3422 to make an appointment before you come along. If you are unsure and would like to speak with someone you can call them on 0161 474 3422 or email them email@example.com
What happens next? If you are eligible for a Blue Badge parking permit it will be issued in accordance with guidance from the Government and it will be sent to you by post. This will no longer be sent to you from your local Council office but will be issued by one central organisation working on behalf of all local Councils. If you are not eligible, you will receive a letter telling you why and giving information about how to request a review of the decision.
Appeals. If your application for a Blue Badge has been refused following an Independent Mobility Assessment you have the right to request a review of the decision. You can do this if you think that you meet the criteria laid down by the Department of Transport. The Council is required to approve Blue Badges only for people who meet these criteria.
If you want to request a review of the decision you should:
- Notify the Council in writing only within one month of the date of your refusal letter. This letter should be addressed to BB Review Team, 4th Floor, Stopford House, Piccadilly, Stockport SK1 3XE.
- Provide additional medical/supporting evidence which should be in addition to that made available during the application process and which indicates both the severity and permanent nature of your disability, and the impact that this has on your mobility.
Any additional evidence that you provide should be current and relevant to the eligibility criteria of the scheme. Please note that the emphasis at appeal stage is on you to provide additional supporting information and not on the Local Authority to gather this on your behalf.
Reviewing the decision. Once we have received your request, we will review the additional medical/supporting information that you have provided. We will then further review your case based on the eligibility criteria laid down by the Department for Transport, the information contained within your initial application form, documented evidence obtained through the independent mobility assessment you have had, and the new evidence you have supplied in support of your appeal. We will normally let you have a decision within one month of receiving your appeal.
If as a result of this review, you are approved for a Blue Badge under discretionary criteria, we will send you a confirmation letter. You may at this stage be asked to produce a passport sized photograph to enable us to process your application and approve production of your Blue Badge. If you are refused a Blue Badge following appeal you will be notified in writing and you will be given an explanation underpinning the decision.
Complaints. If you are dissatisfied with the way in which your application has been processed, or the manner in which you have been treated during the course of the application process, please contact the Blue Badge Team on 0161 474 3422 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will advise you how to progress your complaint.