Blue badge/approved after appeal

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chrisssy
chrisssy Community member Posts: 94 Contributor
Hello everybody

i’ve recently done some discussions regarding my experience with blue badge and I would like to share with you my experience on the process

A couple of months ago I apply for a blue badge as I have a hidden disability 

I was refused and I just felt like the blue badge team/scheme did not look at my application properly or even take into account my hidden disabilities

so when I was refused I had a right to appeal which I did do 

after 2 to 3 weeks I received an appointment for an assessment 

which I attended on the phone

I found the whole process a little bit overwhelming because I felt like I had to keep explaining my hidden disability

everybody’s disability is completely different and everybody’s unique in their own way

I just found on my experience I just kept explaining myself that I had a disability hidden

The blue badge scheme now give you the right to apply for a blue badge for mental health issues/hidden disabilities

for some reason they wasn’t completely understanding or taken in account yes I can walk I’ve never said I couldn’t walk I am talking about my hidden disability/mental health issues and how I struggle on everyday basis

even though I am on PIP and I do receive both sides of daily living and mobility part I only scored 10 points on unable to follow a unfamiliar route but if there was an obstacle course on my familiar route this will completely throw me off and I won’t be able to continue with my journey which I feel like the blue badge team do not take into account 


so after a lot of distress and an assessment later I am pleased to announce I have been approved for a blue badge

i’m over the moon because I feel like in my case I’m taking a stand for people with hidden disabilities not everybody is the same just because I can walk doesn’t mean I’m not disabled

Any advice I can give to other people is persistence pays off keep trying please do not take no for an answer not everybody fits in the same category or has the same disabilities

I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported me on my journey I’m very grateful for everybody’s advice @poppy123456

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  • chrisssy
    chrisssy Community member Posts: 94 Contributor
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    Teddybear12 your very welcome I do have it helps somebody on their experiences

  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,443 Championing
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    Thank you for sharing this @chrisssy :) It's really good to hear that you found some success in the end! 

    I'm sure it'll be helpful for others to read, as it may give them hope and the motivation to keep going.
  • chrisssy
    chrisssy Community member Posts: 94 Contributor
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    @Tori_Scope thank you so much yes you are correct I’m hoping to give someone some motivation from my experience is to keep going and hopefully there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and never give up on the first hurdle :)
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,304 Championing
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    Glad you were successful in the end. Always happy to help, you know me ☺️
  • chrisssy
    chrisssy Community member Posts: 94 Contributor
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    @poppy123456 that’s very nice to hear I really do appreciate that  ☺️yes I’m very pleased with my final outcome 


  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,538 Championing
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    Thanks so much for sharing your experience with the community @chrisssy I have no doubt it will be so helpful to other members or readers in similar situations. 

    I'm really pleased you've got your blue badge too, how have you been finding using it so far? :)
  • chrisssy
    chrisssy Community member Posts: 94 Contributor
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    @Alex_Scope you’re very welcome I’m more than happy to share my experiences 
    especially if it’s going to help other people on the journey It will definitely give me a piece of mind and help me ever so much with my disabilities I haven’t received my blue badge yet My cancel has said it takes up to 21 days to be delivered/processed
  • chrisssy
    chrisssy Community member Posts: 94 Contributor
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    @poppy123456 just a question not sure if you know or not does it take 21 days for my Blue badge to be delivered What is that just the councils rough estimate
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,538 Championing
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    Ah okay @chrisssy not to worry, I was getting ahead of myself! I hope when it does arrive you are able to enjoy using it :)
  • chrisssy
    chrisssy Community member Posts: 94 Contributor
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    @Alex_Scope No worries at all I am patiently waiting as my blue badge will come in very handy for me at this present time
  • chrisssy
    chrisssy Community member Posts: 94 Contributor
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    @Alex_Scope Yeah give me a rough estimate of 21 days not sure if this is correct do you know anything about this?
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,304 Championing
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    It can take up to 3 weeks. Sometimes i've received it within a week, other times just over 2 weeks.
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,538 Championing
    edited August 2022
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    Although I renewed my own Blue Badge in June @chrisssy, I cannot remember how long it took to arrive  :D

    I would gather different councils have different waiting times, but hopefully it will arrive in up to 3 weeks, if not before! Fingers crossed for you.
  • chrisssy
    chrisssy Community member Posts: 94 Contributor
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    @poppy123456 well thanks for the quick response that’s definitely reassuring thank you so much I’ve paid my £10 fee yesterday so fingers crossed it comes quicker
  • bg844
    bg844 Community member Posts: 3,883 Championing
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    Mine taken 4 days from payment last year, was extremely lucky I guess.
  • chrisssy
    chrisssy Community member Posts: 94 Contributor
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    @bg844 wow that’s extremely fast 
    thanks for sharing ☺️