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Department for Transport is consulting on how to bring the process
for assessing eligibility for the Blue Badge Parking
Permit into line with the wider reform of disability benefits
announced by the Department for Work and Pensions.
The Department’s preferred option for bringing the process in
line with new legislation is not expected to significantly affect
the overall numbers of people entitled to blue badges.
Currently, people are entitled to a Blue Badge if they receive a
certain component of the Disability Living
Allowance (DLA) that relates to mobility.
The DLA is being replaced by the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for people
of working age. The Department therefore needs to look at the
way the Blue Badge system is administered to ensure a smooth
transition when the new benefits structure is introduced.
The consultation published in July 2012 outlines the options
under consideration. The Department’s preferred option is to ensure
decisions are consistent, using the criteria in the new PIP system
that most closely correspond to those currently used by local
authorities to carry out their own assessments.
The consultation is open until 2 October.
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