people with hidden disabilities are now allowed to claim a blue badge permit.
People who have hidden disabilities, such as dementia, may soon be able to claim for a blue badge permit and have access to park in the disabled. "This change is to be made in the next couple of days." The council has said.
This scheme is being extended to include drivers and passengers with conditions such as anxiety disorders or autism, the council is still deciding the eligibility of this.
Blue badge permits help people who have disabilities access goods or services and it allows them to park closer to their destination without risking their safety or health.
Scotland and Wales have already implemented some changes with similar rules. This includes people with mental health impairments are now eligible to claim for the blue badge permit. The criteria are yet to be altered in Northern Ireland.
The government has said, "It would provide an extra £1.7m to help councils cope with the expected increase in applications."
The new guidance includes an extension to those with hidden disabilities, including:
- People who cannot travel, if they do travel their health and safety could be affected (including autism).
- People who cannot travel without "very considerable physiological distress".
- People who have very considerable difficulty when walking, meaning "both the physical act and experience of walking".
Transport of Secretary, Chris Grayling has said: "I hope the change would make a real difference to people's lives."
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