Application forms are now available from Portsmouth City Council ahead of the government online application process going live on 30 August.

The national Blue Badge scheme is being extended to cover people with hidden disabilities. Application forms are now available from Portsmouth City Council ahead of the government online application process going live on 30 August.

About 2.35 million people in the UK have the permits because they have mobility difficulties or are registered blind. But under new criteria, those with hidden disabilities, including autism and mental health conditions, may also be able to get access to the badges.

The Department for Transport is extending the Blue Badge scheme to include applicants with hidden disabilities who:

  • Experience very considerable difficulty whilst walking, which may include very considerable psychological distress
  • Be at risk of serious harm when walking; or pose, when walking, a risk of serious harm to any other person

Councillor Lynne Stagg, Cabinet Member for Traffic & Transportation, said: "I was both pleased and relieved that this new guidance to extend Blue Badges has at long last come in. We have therefore made our application form available ahead of the processing date so that those that need a Blue Badge can start benefiting from these changes as soon as possible."

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