Extension to Eligibility Pilot – Cognitive Impairment/Mental Disorder

At the end of 2013, Transport Scotland conducted a Call for Evidence which sought to gather information on extending the eligibility criteria for the Blue Badge scheme to include people, who as a result of a diagnosed mental disorder, have little or no awareness of danger from traffic.

As a result, Transport Scotland set up a Working Group to consider if it was appropriate to extend eligibility to;

“People, who as a result of a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment, have no awareness of danger from traffic and are likely to compromise their safety, or the safety of others.”

The Working Group recommended a pilot scheme which will allow us to consider how best to effect a change on a permanent basis.  The pilot scheme will run from 1 April 2016.  If a decision is made to award a badge then this will be issued for a 12 month period.

In order to be eligible for a badge an applicant must meet the eligibility descriptor above.

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 and 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) or a registered social worker 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 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) or a registered social worker can confirm that the applicant meets the definition by completing the questionnaire in Section 3 of this application form.

The pilot will last for a period of 12 months and badges issued during this pilot will be valid for a 12 month period. 

You can apply for this pilot scheme here.