Having read through next Thursday’s Cabinet agenda I noticed the report (which is item 36 on the agenda) entitled Introduction of New Procedure for Allocation of Blue Badge Parking for Disabled People.
In the interests of openness, I’ll declare at this stage that although I don’t hold a Blue Badge, my wife does.
If the recommendations in the report are adopted next Thursday, Wirral Council is going to increase the charge for Blue Badges from £2 and £10 and bring in a new assessment process for eligibility for Blue Badges starting from next month.
A private company Northgate Information Solutions will distribute the Blue Badges (at a cost to Wirral Council of £4.60 each), but Wirral Council will still need to decide on applications. On Wirral 25,500 Blue Badges (8% of the population) have been issued.
There will also be some changes to the Blue Badge scheme as a result of government regulations coming into effect at the start of next year.
If you are eligible for a Blue Badge but don’t know how to apply this page on Wirral Council’s website has details of who is eligible and how to apply.