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Calls To Give Blue Badges To Those With Dementia

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Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:01am 20th February 2018. (Updated at 7:26am 24th February 2018)

A petition calling for blue badges to be made available to people with dementia has reached over 1,000 signatures.

Scarborough-based dementia advisor Irene Jervis says it will make a crucial difference for those who have it.

New Department for Transport (DfT) proposals could make it easier for people with conditions including dementia and autism, to obtain a permit.

The proposed extension to blue badge eligibility is now going through an eight-week consultation, with a decision to be made on March 18th.

Irene explains why it is important for those with dementia to have a blue badge:

She hopes people will be more considerate for those parking in blue badge spaces:

About 2.4 million disabled people in England have a blue badge.

This enables them to park free of charge in pay-and-display bays and for up to three hours on yellow lines.

Three out of four blue badge holders say they would go out less often if they did not have one, according to the DfT.

Blue Badge 4 Dementia 1 Blue Badge 4 Dementia 2 Blue Badge 4 Dementia 3

You can sign the petition at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/blue-badges-4-dementia-1

And the link to the Government consultation: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/blue-badge-disabled-parking-scheme-eligibility-review

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