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Refusal of Blue Badge

NPUKNPUK Member Posts: 17 Connected
I'm supporting a family who have a disabled 5yr old child - she suffers from a rare life limiting disease.  She was recently awarded DLA - middle rate for care and higher rate for getting around.  Mum applied for a blue badge and they have refunded her money and not given a reason why she has been refused the badge.  From what i've written here would she be entitled?   Mum or dad would be the drivers and they are both able bodied but having a blue badge would make it easier for them when taking their daughter out.

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  • laurapeachlaurapeach Member Posts: 68 Courageous
    Has mum contacted the local council to find out why they weren't entitled to it? If the child has higher rate DLA they should automatically be eligible for it. 
    Mum of one, I have M.E/CFS, POTS, Central Sensitization Syndrome and Joint Hypermobility Syndrome.
  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 6,060 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome glad you have joined us. I am not too sure about blue badge eligibility for a child and I know each council have different criteria, so it may be worth contacting your local council .

    If you dont have any luck maybe contact your local MP

    Keep us updated on the outcome
  • NPUKNPUK Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Laurapeach - Thanks for your reply.  Mum applied for a blue badge before her daughter got DLA and was refused but they didn't give a reason.   I advised her to apply for DLA as that was probably the reason. I helped her with that and now she's been knocked back again but without a reason so she's just thinking she's not eligible and therefore hasn't contacted them.  I didn't want to advise her to appeal if she's not eligible as i don't want to waste her time.  Reading the reasons for why many get refused it sounded as though it has to be the driver who is disabled?  I was just hoping people on here would be able to advise.
  • Han_Han_ Community champion Posts: 151 Pioneering
    edited August 2020
    Hi @NPUK, I'm sorry that the family have been refused a blue badge.

    The government website has some information here. It explains who is automatically eligible, including those who are over the age of 2 and receive the the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA). It therefore seems as though there should be automatic eligibility in this situation. 

    Han
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 22,061 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2020
    HI,

    It makes no sense why there's been a refusal. If the DLA award wasn't sent as proof then this could be reason for refusal. As others have advised a high rate DLA mobility award gives automatic entitlement to a BB.
    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.
  • NPUKNPUK Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Thank you all for your replies.  I will check out with the family if they sent proof of DLA and if not to write to the Council with proof.  Many thanks for your help.
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Community Team Posts: 1,922 Pioneering
    Hello @NPUK

    Welcome to the community.

    Be sure to update us on how you get on with the situation, hopefully it's just a simple case of the council didn't have the proof, and once they get the proof the blue badge can be sorted. 

    If there's ever any other help or advice you need, don't hesitate to ask :) 
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  • NPUKNPUK Member Posts: 17 Connected
    @Ross_Scope yes i'll definitely update you.  I've been in touch with mum, given advice and asked her to let me know how she gets on.   
  • NPUKNPUK Member Posts: 17 Connected
    @Ross_Scope she didn't send them the evidence so hopefully now she'll get the blue badge

  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,747 Disability Gamechanger
    Great news @NPUK. Hopefully she will! Let us know if you encounter any more problems :)
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  • NPUKNPUK Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Just wanted to let you know she finally got the blue badge   :)

  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,747 Disability Gamechanger
    Yay! That must be a relief. Thanks for letting us know @NPUK :) 
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  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 6,060 Disability Gamechanger
    Great news thanks for sharing
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Community Team Posts: 1,922 Pioneering
    Fantastic news @NPUK, thanks for the update :) 
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,680 Disability Gamechanger
    Amazing news @NPUK! Thanks for letting us know. :)
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