The Blue Badge Scheme in Wales will be expanded to include those experiencing temporary but substantial injuries or illness, the Economy and Infrastructure Secretary Ken Skates announced yesterday.
The expanded scheme provides parking concessions to people with disabilities and from today will offer temporary 12 month badges for those recovering from or awaiting treatment for serious illnesses or injuries.
Ken Skates said, “The Blue Badge scheme helps provide access to services and facilities for those with the greatest need. It plays a vital role in improving access to employment and services for people with disabilities across Wales.
“To date, it has been limited to people with permanent impairments, whilst many with substantial but temporary injuries have been deemed ineligible.
“Extending eligibility by introducing these temporary badges ensures consistency and fairness in the way it’s delivered and means that more of those who need the Blue Badge have access to it.
“At the same time, limiting the criteria to people who have an impairment lasting twelve months or more ensures that a Blue Badge continues to be reserved for people with the greatest mobility needs.”
Examples of the new look scheme include:
- A person recovering from complex leg fractures sometimes managed with external fixators for periods of well over a year
- A person recovering from stroke or head injury that has impacted on their mobility
- A person recovering from spinal trauma which impacts their mobility
- A person with a serious illness where the treatment may be debilitating, for example treatment for cancer
- A person with severe functional leg impairments who is awaiting or who has undergone joint replacement (e.g. unilateral or bilateral hip, knee, etc)