Introduction of New Procedure for Allocation of Blue Badge Parking for Disabled People
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
A report of the Interim Director of Social Services informed the Cabinet that the ‘Blue Badge’ scheme, which offered preferential parking to disabled people free of charge, had been in operation since 1971. The scheme had operated using nationally agreed regulations, and was administered by local authorities.
The Cabinet was also informed that two major changes had been introduced which had necessitated a reform of the process locally.
National reforms would include a central distribution point for the badges from 1 January 2012.
Payment for the assessment of eligibility had passed from the health service to the Council via the Department of Adult Social Services in April 2011.
(1) the adoption of the new national regulations from 1 January 2012 be confirmed;
(2) the new assessment process for eligibility be implemented from 1 November 2011;
(3) the charge for a Blue Badge from £2 to £10 for the life of the badge be increased; and
(4) the Access Agreement which enables Northgate Information Solutions to distribute the Blue Badges and provide Software Solutions for the Authority be accepted.
Report author: Director of Adult Social Services
Publication date: 19/10/2011
Date of decision: 13/10/2011
Decided at meeting: 13/10/2011 - Cabinet
Effective from: 27/10/2011