Have your say on changes to Blue Badge scheme, urges AM

Vale of Clwyd AM, Ann Jones, is encouraging her constituents to contribute to a Welsh Government review to the disabled blue badge parking scheme.

The Welsh Government is inviting people to have their say on proposed changes to the Blue Badge Scheme which will see eligibility extended to include people with cognitive impairments of all ages as well as tougher penalties for people who misuse the badges.

The proposed changes are to be implemented by April 2014 and will also mean that service veterans will be eligible provided they are in receipt of the highest tariff for mental disorders Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

If implemented, the changes would give local authorities the power to confiscate badges in certain circumstances where people are deliberately misusing them.

Mrs Jones said: “The Blue Badge Scheme plays a vital role in helping people with disabilities overcome some of the barriers they face when accessing jobs, shops and other public services.

“The proposals could make life a lot easier for those with cognitive impairments and I welcome tougher penalties for those who abuse the system.

“All interested parties, including existing and potential Blue Badge holders, their families and lobby groups should read the proposals and respond to the consultation with their views.”

Consultation documents are available on the Welsh Government website at www.wales.gov.uk