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Any advise? Want to drive but don't qualify for the PIP, Motability and Blue badge scheme

RacheleLeahSilveraRacheleLeahSilvera Member Posts: 69 Connected
I have an undiagnosed physical condition, have 24/7 pain and severe tiredness. I would love to start driving because it will allow me to be  independent but having a disability means paying more for lessons on top of paying hundreds for needed adaptions and insurance. As the benefit system say that I am faking my life-long issues I will never qualify for PIP, Blue badge and Motability.

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI,

    When you say the "benefit system says you'll never qualify for PIP" I'm assuming by this that you've applied and been refused. Have you ever taken that decision to a Tribunal? if not may i ask why not?

    Being award mobility part of PIP isn't about a diagnosis, it's how those conditions affect your ability to carry out daily activity based on the PIP descriptors.

    Blue badge is irrelevant here because you don't need a mobility award to be entitled and don't need to be able to drive either. People have blue badges that don't have a mobility award.

    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.
  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 3,719 Disability Gamechanger
    Would it be wise to drive whilst suffering from "severe" tiredness ?
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • RacheleLeahSilveraRacheleLeahSilvera Member Posts: 69 Connected
    @woodbine
    My tiredness doesn't effect my ability to drive. It would make my life so much easier.
  • RacheleLeahSilveraRacheleLeahSilvera Member Posts: 69 Connected
    HI,

    When you say the "benefit system says you'll never qualify for PIP" I'm assuming by this that you've applied and been refused. Have you ever taken that decision to a Tribunal? if not may i ask why not?

    Being award mobility part of PIP isn't about a diagnosis, it's how those conditions affect your ability to carry out daily activity based on the PIP descriptors.

    Blue badge is irrelevant here because you don't need a mobility award to be entitled and don't need to be able to drive either. People have blue badges that don't have a mobility award.

    @poppy123456
    The thing about it is that without out the 3 that I mentioned above I will be unable to have access to help, support and advise on what is available as a disabled driver.
  • RacheleLeahSilveraRacheleLeahSilvera Member Posts: 69 Connected
    @poppy123456
    And yes I have and I was rejected.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You can of course apply again anytime but doing so using the same evidence you previously used will very likely see another refusal. With PIP if you don't meet the descriptors, you won't score the points for an award. You can have a disability but it doesn't mean you qualify for PIP and there are some people that won't qualify, although i'm not saying you don't.

    Of course no one here knows exactly how your conditions affect you so please don't take that comment personally, i was purely stating a fact.

    You can have adaptions to a vehicle without have a mobility vehicle, even with a mobility vehicle the adaptions won't all be free but it would depend on what adaptions you need. I'm not sure where a blue badge comes into this because as advised, this can be achieved without a mobility award. There are also people that have a Enahnced mobility award but don't automatically qualify for the BB.

    If you do decide to reapply then i'd advise you to get some expert advice before starting a claim and for this, start here.

    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.
  • soconfusedsoconfused Member Posts: 102 Courageous
    How does someone get a blue badge with no award? I mean you need 8 pip points to get one or has it now changed? 

    Good if so! but I can't find anywhere to say it has so I wanted to ask 
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Member Posts: 4,634 Disability Gamechanger
    @soconfused I believe you have to approach your local council and apply for a badge. Having points for certain things on the PIP assessment gets you a badge automatically but anyone can apply for a badge regardless of PIP and the council will decide whether you can have one or not. :)
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,010

    Scope community team

    There's also an online application form for Blue Badges, which asks you some questions about why you might need one @soconfused
    Online Community Coordinator, she/her

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