July 23, 2019
The Department of Transport has changed the wording in their new Blue Badge guidance following pressure from Action for M.E. The guidance previously referred to hidden disabilities as ‘non-physical’ which does not reflect the reality of living with M.E./CFS or other hidden illnesses such as Parkinsons.
We have been in touch with a number of MPs as well as the Transport Select Committee to stress the importance of getting the wording changed. We also worked with Stephen Morgan MP to put in a written question to the Minister to stress how inappropriate the term ‘non-physical’ is the describe M.E./CFS. You can read the question and the Minister’s response here.
This week the Minister confirmed in response that, “The Department recognises the sensitivities with using certain terminology when referring to the new criteria and will be replacing the term non-physical disability with “non-visible (‘hidden’) condition” in the guidance.”
The new Blue Badge guidance is designed to assist those with hidden disabilities who may have otherwise had difficulty in applying for a blue badge. This new guidance will be used by Councils from 1 September 2019.
If you live in the South West or Midlands then our advocacy team may be able to help you with an application for a Blue Badge. One service user we were recently able to support said, “I have been accepted for a blue badge got an email on Friday! How quick. ….So a BIG Thank You for all your support and the brilliant letter ….personally I think your letter swung the decision.”
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