Changes to how we administer the Blue Badge scheme
In February 2011, the government announced several important changes to the Blue Badge Scheme to make it more consistent nationally, fairer and with the aim of tackling misuse and fraud. These changes came into effect on 1 January 2012.
The changes announced, include:
a new national database of blue badges
- the redesign of the blue badge making it harder to copy or forge
- changing the way in which mobility assessments are carried out from G.Ps to independent mobility assessors
- allowing Local Authorities to set their own fee of up to £10
- the introduction of an on line application process
- a single national contractor to produce and supply blue badges
- extending the scheme to cover armed forces service personnel and veterans and children under the age of three.
The Council subsequently held an eight week consultation about a proposed £10 charge for Blue Badges. The consultation ran from Monday 19 March, closing on Monday 14 May 2012.
Over 60% of respondents agreed that £10 was a fair amount to pay for a badge which lasts for up to 3 years.
Following the consultation, the proposal to introduce a £10 charge was approved by the Council's Executive committee. Read the report which went to committee on the 25 July 2012.
From 1 September 2012 a new, renewal or replacement badge costs £10 for all successful applicants. Stolen badges will be replaced free of charge if the theft is reported to the police. Read our Blue Badge pages for more about the scheme and how we administer it.