I have problems with walking, but despite applying for a Blue Badge twice I have been declined each time.
They said my walking was not sufficiently bad enough to warrant a Blue Badge – despite having to use a mobility scooter in my second assessment. Since then I have had to give up my car and now I have to do my shopping online or with my scooter.
When I need to attend appointments I have to pay for voluntary care drivers to take me.
While these costs are not exorbitant, it is still money I shouldn’t have to pay if I could have access to a Blue Badge.
I am now 75 years of age, so I don’t visualise any improvements for my future mobility but will continue having to pay more because I am not able to access a Blue Badge.
Have you been affected by any of these issues?
This blog represents one individual’s experience; personal circumstances differ – if you have been affected by any the issues in this blog and want some advice about your own situation please contact Independent Age’s Helpline on 0800 319 6789.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of Independent Age