Motability, Blue Badges and disabled motoring
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What age should a child get a blue badge

My 3 and a half year old still can't get a blue badge or high care rate of disability allowance. He is completely unmobile requires 247 care and attention has no way of helping himself. Do they automatically review or do I need to request many thanks 


  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,284 Disability Gamechanger
    No you have to be proactive in these matters, if it's DLA or Blue badge are you claiming DLA for your son? Look on line to see what the criteria is age wise.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    DLA high rate mobility can be claimed for a child from the age of 3 years old. They don't automatically contact you, you need to contact them for a change of circumstances and to claim the mobility part.

    Do be aware that it's very difficult to claim high rate mobility for a child. I also believe that they need to be claiming the highest rate of care to be able to claim high rate mobility.

    The higher rate is usually given to children with severe physical difficulties, or conditions that mean it’s dangerous for them to get around alone. You’ll get the higher rate of £59.75 if your child is 3 or over and one of the following describes them:

    • they can’t walk
    • they have severe discomfort when they walk outside, for example they can’t walk to school because it would hurt them too much to walk outside that far
    • walking would put them in danger or would mean their health would get worse
    • they have no legs or feet
    • they’re blind or severely sight impaired 
    • they’re both deaf and blind

    You’ll also get the higher rate of £59.75 if your child is 3 or over and all the following describe them:

    • they have a severe learning disability or other mental impairment that affects their intelligence and how they act with other people
    • the impairment results in disruptive and dangerous behaviour, for example someone has to watch over them to stop them hurting themselves or others
    • they’re entitled to the highest rate care component

    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
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