To: The Government, The Ministry of Transport

Blue Badges 4 Dementia

Blue Badges 4 Dementia

To change the criteria for Disabled Persons Parking Scheme (Blue Badge) in England,Scotland and Northern Ireland to match those in Wales where if you have been awarded 12 or more points in the "planning and following a journey" activity of the mobile component of Personal Independence Payment, or you have a cognitive impairment that means you cannot plan and follow the route of a familiar journey (further evidence from a health professional is required), you can apply for a Blue Badge.

Why is this important?

Currently in England,Scotland and Northern Ireland to apply for a Blue Badge you have to have a walking difficulty or be registered blind unlike Wales.The lack of such an entitlement in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland is blatantly discriminatory and contravenes Article 20 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities UNCRPD, the right to personal mobility. The current situation exposes people with a cognitive impairment and their carers to real risks, excludes them from many activities, and threatens progress on the Government’s commitment to dementia friendly communities. A carer would have to let a person living with dementia get out of the car while they park and risk them becoming distracted and wandering away before they get out of the car and getting lost, this happened in a local supermarket car park and the person living with dementia was missing for 2 hours and needed a police search to find them


Reasons for signing

  • It would be the best gift of help anyone could give to dementia suffers & there cares to have a blue badge
  • A Blue Badge will mean I can park some where that is easy to find when returning to my car and enable me to park in places which would normaly prohibited to me.
  • I think car park wardens should be given powers to report such abuse as mentioned by Elizabeth F

Updates

2017-08-07 20:52:21 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-05-30 13:12:10 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-05-23 11:26:58 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-05-22 22:11:15 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-05-22 19:32:36 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-05-22 18:55:22 +0100

10 signatures reached