Blue Badge Pilot Scheme - Mental Disorder/Cognitive Impairment

Transport Scotland is also running a pilot scheme to make Blue Badges available to some people with a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment.  A person might be eligible if their condition means that they have no awareness of danger from traffic and they are likely to compromise their safety and/or the safety of others.

‘Diagnosed mental disorder’ is a legal expression that includes conditions like Dementia, Autism and Down’s Syndrome.

Am I Eligible?

There are two ways to determine eligibility;

1. You will qualify for a Blue Badge without further assessment if you or the person on whose behalf you are applying are aged three years or over and:-
     a) have a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment, can provide a letter that confirms this diagnosis and
     b) is in receipt of either
         (i) the higher rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
         (ii) the higher rate of Attendance Allowance (AA)
         (iii) has been awarded at least twelve points in respect of activity 7 (communicating verbally), activity 8 (reading and understanding signs, symbols and words) and activity 9 (engaging with other people face to face) of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

***Please note that points can be accumulated from each of these activities***

AND

c) a healthcare professional (excluding a GP), a registered social worker or a teacher can confirm that the applicant meets the definition by completing the questionnaire in Section 3 of this application form.

OR

2. You may qualify for a Blue Badge following an assessment by the local authority if you or the person on whose behalf you are applying are aged three years or over and
     a) have a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment and can provide a letter that confirms this diagnosis and
     b) is in receipt of either
         (i) the middle rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
         (ii) the lower rate of Attendance Allowance (AA)
         (iii) has been awarded at least eight points in respect of activity 7 (communicating verbally), activity 8 (reading and understanding signs, symbols and words) and activity (engaging with other people face to face) of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP

***Please note that points can be accumulated from each of these activities***

AND

c) a healthcare professional (excluding a GP), a registered social worker or a teacher can confirm that the applicant meets the definition by completing the questionnaire in Section 3 of this application form.

How long is the badge issued for?

If a decision is made to award a badge then it can be issued for up to 3 years

How do I apply?

By completing a paper application form available at any Moray Council Library or the Access Points in Elgin, Forres, Keith & Buckie and also at the Moray Resource Centre, Maisondieu Road, Elgin IV30 1RX

OR

Telephone 01343 559461 and ask for a Cognitive Application form to be posted out to you. (At present we are unable to offer an online application).

What documents are required with my application?

• Passport size photograph (signed on the back)
• N.I Number or in the case of a child under the age of 16, the NHS number.  This can be found on an NHS Medical Card or you can ask the child’s GP for it.
• DWP letter or PIP award letter dated within 12 months
• Proof of ID.  A certified photocopy of one of the following:
         Passport
         Driving Licence
         Birth or adoption Certificate
         Marriage or Divorce Certificate
• Proof of Address
• Letter of Diagnosis (from Consultant/Healthcare professional)

Will I have to pay for the badge?

The Moray Council charge £20 for each Blue Badge issued whether it is for a new badge, temporary or a renewal of an expired one.  Once your application has been successful and your badge issued an invoice will be sent to you within 4 weeks for the full amount, detailing payment methods.

Please do not include cash or cheque with your application.

How long will it take for me to get my badge?

It will take at least 4 weeks to process your application for a badge. But please be aware this can take longer if we require additional information and if we request you to come into the Moray Resource Centre for an Independent Mobility Assessment (IMA).

If approved, your badge will take up to 14 days to process before it is issued to you.

If your application is approved, your badge will be posted out to you by the Blue Badge Improvement Service (BBIS) along with the ‘Rights and Responsibilities of a Blue Badge Holder’ booklet.

When a Blue Badge is no longer required

If the Blue Badge holder dies or the badge is no longer required.  Please return the badge to any of the Moray Council Access Points or to the Moray Resource Centre, Maisondieu Road, Elgin IV30 1RX

How to report the misuse of a Blue Badge

The Disabled Person’s Parking Badges (Scotland) Act 2014 came into force on 30 March 2015.   

The Act strengthens enforcement powers for Moray Council when dealing with blue badge misuse.

In summary, the provisions:

• allow confiscation of blue badges which are no longer valid or are being misused by third parties
• provide a power for Moray Council to cancel a blue badge which is no longer in the possession of the holder
• make it an offence to use a cancelled badge
• allows Moray Council to use an officer carrying identification and authorisation to inspect and potentially confiscate blue badges

What counts as misuse of a blue badge?

Some forms of misuse include:

• Allowing someone else to use your blue badge
• Using a fake or altered blue badge while your vehicle is being driven or is parked
• Using a cancelled badge while your vehicle is being driven or is parked
• Using an expired badge

Please note – not everyone who is entitled to a Blue Badge will have an obvious outward sign of restricted mobility.

Report misuse of a Blue Badge here or

• Telephone 01343 563307
• E-mail fraud@moray.gov.uk
• Write to:  Corporate Investigations Officer, Room 146, Moray Council, Headquarters, High Street, Elgin, IV30 1BX

All information will be dealt with in the strictest confidence

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