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Discriminatory PIP guidance means 1000s could lose blue badg

Postby Tobias » Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:43 am

‘Discriminatory’ PIP guidance means thousands could lose blue badges

Disabled people whose mobility is affected by mental health conditions or autism are having their blue parking badges snatched away by local councils in England as a result of the introduction of the government’s new disability benefit.

Government guidance issued after the introduction of personal independence payment (PIP) advises councils how to deal with blue badge applications from disabled people who formerly claimed disability living allowance (DLA) but have now been reassessed for PIP.

Because of this guidance, disabled people who have had a blue badge for many years are now being told they no longer qualify for a blue badge, simply because they have moved from DLA to PIP.

The Department for Transport guidance, published in October 2014, states that it is only those who qualify for the enhanced mobility rate of PIP under the “moving around” criteria – those with physical impairments that mean they cannot walk very far – who should automatically qualify for a blue badge.

Those who qualify for the PIP enhanced mobility rate because they have problems planning and following journeys – including many people with autism and mental health conditions – are no longer automatically entitled to a blue badge, as they were when they claimed DLA.

The updated blue badge application form included in the guidance document has no sections in which disabled people with problems planning and following journeys can provide evidence to show why they need a blue badge.

When asked if the Department for Transport (DfT) had carried out an equality impact assessment of the new guidance, a DfT spokesman said: “Not that I am aware of.”

By noon today (2 June), the DfT press office had been unable to produce an accurate statement that did not contradict the content of its own guidance documents.
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Re: Discriminatory PIP guidance means 1000s could lose blue

Postby jeff3 » Sat Jun 04, 2016 3:47 pm

every day every week a new mandate comes out but their action t4 plans are marching along without much of a ado will the last person go quietly and shut the door while our mps have that glass a well tabled affair of grouse pheasants or simply sole we starve lose our badges while they sup some more talking it seems is their way and of course that obligatory payrise white they think about our plight whilst putting the boot in
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