Blue Badge Scheme in Midlothian
The Blue Badge Scheme provides parking concessions nationally and across Europe for people with a permanent and substantial disability, whether that person is the driver or a passenger. The holder of a Blue Badge is permitted to park in areas normally subject to restrictions and benefits those who are incapable to walk great distances.
Brand-new applicants for a Blue Badge can apply either online or by paper application form [BB 001]. If you use the printed form, you can submit the completed form [with one colour passport-style photo with your name printed on the back] along with the supporting documents and £20 fee [except for those completing Section 3 where payment is taken later] direct to the Travel Permits and Passes Team at Midlothian House.
The fee can be paid by cheque or postal order if sent with your completed form by post to the Travel Permits and Passes Team. The fee can be paid by cash, cheque, postal order or credit/debit card if you personally hand in the form at the counter at Buccleuch House in Dalkeith. You can apply and pay by credit card at Newbattle Library, 1 Newbattle Way, Easthouses, Dalkeith, EH22 4SX. Cheques must be made payable to “Midlothian Council”.
Online application is done via www.mygov.scot/apply-blue-badge. You will be able to enter personal details, answer an array of questions and arrange payment by credit/debit card. However, there is no facility to scan and store all the documents the Council needs to see, and at the conclusion of the online process, you will receive a list of items that you will need to take to the Council at either Buccleuch House, Dalkeith or Newbattle Library.
For Blue Badge Renewals [after an existing Blue Badge expires.] use the form BB 001. Please do not attempt to use the online screen for anything other than brand-new applications as this will result in delays in processing your request. Remembering to renew a Blue Badge is the badge holder’s responsibility – A reminder letter is no longer sent out by the Midlothian Travel Permits and Passes Team. However, if you have a valid email or mobile phone number we can send an email/text to remind you.
For Blue Badge replacements [for lost, stolen or damaged cards] use form BB 005. If the Blue Badge has been lost or stolen, this fact must be reported to Police Scotland. Contact a local police station or Phone 112. You will be required to make a statement. The Police will give you a reference number to be quoted on BB 005 form. The Blue Badge is a legal document. Should it reappear you must inform the police, do not use the rediscovered Blue Badge as it is longer valid. If your Blue Badge has been damaged it must be handed in with the BB 005 form.
If you move address, then there is a form for that too! You need a “Change of Circumstances” form [CC 001]. Use this to advise any changes in your personal details, from a change of address, to a change of name [getting married or divorced, for example]. Please use this form as soon as the circumstances change – do not wait until you need a Blue Badge renewal, for instance, before sending in the “Change of Circumstances” form. Complete and return your form. The Travel Permits and Passes Team will update records for your Blue Badge, Bus Pass and Ring & Go.
ALL APPLICANTS COMPLETE SECTIONS 1 AND 7 ON THE FORM.
Applicants will be automatically eligible for a Blue Badge if they can produce appropriate documentation dated within the previous 12 months. Complete sections 1, 2 and 7 if any of the following apply.
- 1. Registered blind;
- 2. High Rate of Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance [DLA];
- 3. Personal Independence Payment [PIP] 8, 10 or 12 points in the “Moving Around” category;
- 4. PIP – 12 points in the “Planning and Following Journeys” category;
- 5. War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement;
- 6. Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme Tariffs 1-8;
- 7. Special arrangements for those in transition from DLA to PIP.
Applicants should produce their original documents with their form if handing them in personally at Buccleuch House or Newbattle Library. Original documents will be handed back to you after being checked by staff. Arrange for a certified photocopy of the documentation if using a postal application, to be sent directly to the Travel Permits and Passes Team at Midlothian House. Original documents sent by post will not be returned.
For those with a disability in both arms who have difficulty using parking meters or pay machines, please complete sections 1, 4 and 7.
For parents or guardians of applicants under the age of three who have a specific condition as detailed in the form, please complete sections 1, 5 and 7.
Further assessment will be needed for all applicants who do not fall within one of the above categories. Please complete sections 1, 3 and 7.
Circumstances covered by Section 3 “Subject to Further Assessment” include
- If you have a temporary mobility impairment which makes it impossible or unreasonably difficult for you to walk but which is likely to last for a period of at least 12 months;
- If you have been supplied with a wheelchair by the NHS;
- If your disability is substantial and means you are unable to walk or you experience considerable difficulty in walking;
- If you cannot walk far without severe discomfort, stopping or receiving support from another person.
Applicants completing Section 3 may be invited to an “Independent Mobility Assessment” with a medical professional appointed by the Council. Assessments do not involve any physical examination. The applicant can take a spouse or companion with them for support.
You will receive a letter from the Travel Permits and Passes Team giving you a date, time and venue to attend the assessment. If you cannot make the appointment, please let the Travel Permits and Passes Team know as soon as possible as they may be able to offer your time slot to someone else. Assessments sessions are held each month, most Section 3 applicants are seen within four to six weeks although certain times of the year see a higher demand.
The Medical Professional will decide to accept or reject the application. You will be notified of the result by the Travel Permits and Passes Team by email, phone or letter. If your application is accepted, you will need to make arrangements to pay the £20 Blue Badge fee. If the application is rejected, you will be advised of the appeal procedure if you are unhappy with the outcome.
The Blue Badge Scheme was extended to include those with a Mental Disorder or Cognitive Impairment by the Scottish Government in 2016. Use the separate form BB003 for this Blue Badge. BB003s are available at all Midlothian libraries, main Council offices, health centres at Pathhead and Penicuik, the Midlothian Community Hospital and the Rosewell Development Trust.
Assistance in filling out the Blue Badge scheme forms can be obtained from Citizens Advice Bureau see Citizens Advice entry
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