Last reply 3 weeks ago
Blue badge advice

At present I’m fortunate to have a parking space at my office. However post covid my team will be doing a mixture of home /office work. Unfortunately the new office doesn’t have parking on site and I’m honestly not up to a long walk and two bus journeys. I’ve decided to try and apply for a blue badge to maximise my options what are people’s experiences,? My mobility is pretty good but bowl and bladder can be a hit and miss.

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colettepage
3 weeks ago

@laura-forde definitely apply for a blue badge. I think an ms diagnosis will allow you automatic agreement for one with your local council. You apply on line – it’s a bit laborious & seems repetitive but not difficult. It used to be anyone can apply for a blue badge but that may have changed as at times it seems the world & his wife have one! They only cost £10, which you only pay if they agree it, nothing to lose. You should get it, good luck, Colette


laura-forde
3 weeks ago

Thanks Colette I’ll give it a go


wjgregg
3 weeks ago

Hi @laura-forde,

I agree that you should apply for a blue badge. I’m not sure which local authority you fall under, but here in Lancashire, Lancashire County Council deal with blue badges. I don’t think that being diagnosed with M.S. automatically entitles any of us to a blue badge, but all the symptoms that you describe are definitely relevant. The form that I had to fill in was horrendously complicated it was done online, and had limits on the number of characters that one could use, so take your time and chose your (limited) words carefully. Describe your symptoms at their worst. If the form is anything like mine,I advise you to make it clear that your symptoms vary from day to day (if they do) and that you cannot give “standard”answers, eg you might be able to walk for half-a-mile one day, and not be able to get out of bed the next…

They will probably ask for the details of your G.P. and consultant. Do add any other doctors/agencies that you have been referred to for the difficulties you describe. Persevere and you will get there in the end.

Good luck, and best wishes,

Jon


stumbler
3 weeks ago

@laura-forde , I’m not sure how much a blue badge will assist with your commuting. Parking on double yellow lines is only for a maximum of three hours.

You might want to contact, Access to Work, and see how they can help with your commute :-

https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work


laura-forde
3 weeks ago

Thanks John I’m in Edinburgh, I’m definitely going ahead now, no idea how much use it will be at the moment but it will keep my options open


laura-forde
3 weeks ago

@stumbler I’m going to get in contact with occupational health. I only do 3.5 days per week so hoping it may help me in particular with the half day. The new office is in central Edinburgh but there is on street parking close by so I’ll do my research thar way


dominics
3 weeks ago

@laura-forde I have had pretty extensive experience with this as I tackled this after the success with Disabled Persons Railcards.

It is a twisted and complex web as it is all run by the individual councils, it is not central. Even though it appears so through the application portal.

I sent you a friend request so feel free to PM me about this.

The transient and hidden nature of MS utterly escapes them. I started beating them with the Equality Acto but they just obfuscated and delayed. I have put this on hold as my need has gone at the moment.

To qualify for a badge you need to have your walking (mobility) assessed. They are looking for a permanent limitation. It is falling on deaf ears when you tell them about hidden things that affect your ability to park a normal distance away. And, they simply cannot bear the idea – entirely unproven – that you may not be in need at the moment but park in a Disabled Bay anyhow because you know damn well that it is highly likely that you may need it later. They act as if you have asked them, personally, to sub you a 100 quid from their salary. it is extraordinary.

Rant over: I am discussing it in slow-time with a speciality disability lawyer because it grips me. Watch this space but don’t hold your breath.


dominics
3 weeks ago

@laura-forde And if you get anywhere then please please share the way you achieved it here. Thank you.


watsoncraig
3 weeks ago

@laura-force I am over in Falkirk and had to fill ina paper form and get it signed by a professional (luckily one of my mates for the last 30 odd years is a police superintendent). Cost for the badge was £20 for a few years. It even allows parking on George street for free


watsoncraig
3 weeks ago

@lara-forde damn spellcheck


ritam
3 weeks ago

Hello @laura-forde I was diagnosed in January this year and met my MS nurse a couple of weeks later. When I explained that I was struggling with my commute to work, she asked if I had applied for a blue badge. I hadn’t as I had assumed that you would only get one if you could only walk very short distances.

I did apply and I was successful. However my MS nurse wrote a letter of support, which I suspect tipped the balance. Her letter was extremely good in setting out the difficulties I faced. I live in Leeds and also struggled with 1 or 2 bus rides and /or a long walk (20 minutes at my pace) to the city centre. I would definitely recommend that you apply but have some “independent evidence” from a medical professional to support your application. I had to have an assessment and I emphasised that the main reason I was applying was for travel to work.

I also talked at length about my commute when I saw Occupational Health and they also suggested Access to Work. It seems there is a scheme where you can get taxis to work paid for by your employer/Access to Work.

The irony is that my blue badge arrived 2 days before we started working at home in March so I have only used it once to park on the street near work. Still it is there for when the time comes to go back to the office.

Good luck if you decide to apply.

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