By John Pring in Disability News Service.
The government has agreed to review “discriminatory” guidance that has made it almost impossible for many disabled people whose mobility is affected by mental health conditions or autism to secure a blue parking badge.
The pledge follows a legal challenge from a disabled person who had had a blue badge for 30 years, but was told by his local council earlier this year that he no longer qualified because of the new Department for Transport (DfT) guidance.
The internal review of the guidance is likely to be followed by a full public consultation, with fresh guidance issued to local authorities, DfT has said.
The guidance was issued after the introduction of personal independence payment (PIP), and advises councils how to deal with blue badge applications from disabled people who formerly claimed disability living allowance (DLA) but have now been reassessed for PIP.
Because of this guidance, disabled people who have had a blue badge for many years are now being told they no longer qualify, simply because they have moved from DLA to PIP.
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