Blue Badge

Morning fellow fibromites xx

I applied for a blue badge, it must be at least 4 mths ago and I still haven't heard anything! Typically on the day, I was feeling fine and it obviously showed. I have recently been diagnosed with RLS too, which also has a debilitating affect on my mobility. If my answer comes back as no, as I'm sure it will, everyone keeps telling me to appeal, which I will. Does anyone have any advice for me ? I've read some very supportive replies on this and similar posts and suppose I just need a personal nudge to get me going.

Thanks for reading, hope everyone has as good a day as they can xx

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  • Since I don't live in the UK I'm not personally familiar with the routine timeframes for these things, but I do wish you the best of luck on your answer ... I do wonder if it is advisable to inquire ... (does anyone out there know?) ... ?!? I am often prone to get impatient with these types of things, and would want to know, sometimes thinking I might have gotten "lost in their paperwork!" You could say you need to add about how your newest diagnosis affects your mobility.

    BUT, caution: it might be that if you annoy someone, they will promptly decide "no" ~ when they might have said "yes" ... You just never know!

    So, here I sit on the fence ~ just how much help was that!?! I do mean well, though, kmc ... IF it is a no, I would definitely appeal. I have our type of "blue badge parking" and it is a lifesaver for me many times, esp. in our TX heat. (Temps are now at/over 100 degrees, "feeling" hotter bc of humidity.) My pain mgt. doc "prescribed" this, then the State issued a tag. As far as I know, there is no special seating on trains, buses ~ only for a wheelchair ~ others might know?

    Sending you many positive vibes, and gentle hugs, bk

  • Thanks for the reply bk, like yourself I can be incredibly impatient and I know our system here is moving slowly. But as you said, I kind've have an excuse with my new diagnosis. I hope you're ok and not melting in the heat. I take it you're either States or Canada?

    Gentle hugs to you, K x

  • Pls contact the office you sent the application to, If you can't, go to the council office and they will help. It can take upto 12 weeks, but you have waited 16. Let us know how you get on :) xxx

  • Apparently there has been a change on who is now responsible for blue badge and it has caused a backlog. Sorry i cant remember the details, but it might pay to give them a ring.

    Sue

  • I am SO sorry for not getting back to you sooner! Yes, I am in the 'States ~ Texas ... Dallas area, to be exact. Actually, Regnofibro1and I are both from Texas, we have discovered! You may have seen her name just below here! As for me, I cannot seem to keep up. I have a lot of emails, and things get overwhelming sometimes (like now!).

    But hopefully, now that I'm caught up, I can STAY that way for awhile!

    Hope you have received news about your blue badge ... Hugs! bk

  • There is special setting on buses but it doesn't require your blue just Medicare card here anyways. I do agree Texas heat is getting bad! I hate going out in it! By the time I reach the car I am sweating. Then it takes air forever to get cool. I am ready for the fall. Even though it's been a mild summer so far. Hugs

  • To be honest I would chase it up as even if they are busy it seems a very long time to wait. I know it varies from council to council and it is the holiday season but I think something is holding it up. Do let us know how you get on.x

  • Do you mean you filled in the form and then got asked to go for a walking assessment? Or do you qualify under mobility benefit?

    I got my first badge three years on appeal after requesting a walking assessment and received it ten days later. So if you have been assessed and not heard phone your council. I reapplied recently to renew my badge and turnaround was 4-6 weeks.

    Good luck

  • I would give your local authority a ring and tell them your condition has worsened and could they tell you how much longer you have to wait. Have you ever had someone from social services come out to assess you? Are you registered disabled? Gentle hugs Joolz.x

  • I live in Hampshire and got mine all done and dusted in two weeks! Same with disabled bus pass which is ironic as they have just stopped local bus service! 😟

  • I have never been through anything of this nature but I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck with your blue badge application.

    All my hopes and dreams for you

    Ken

  • Hi,

    Well I called my council and they said that my decision was made in March!!!! and it was no. Said I had the right to appeal, fortunately my brain was a little with it this morning so I remembered what was the time scale for appeal. Anyway she's sending me the decision from todays date and I have 30days. I think my best bet is to go to CAB to get some help. Any suggestions from you lovely lot would be much appreciated though.

    Sending hugs from a thankfully gloomy m/side, because any get up 'n' go, got up 'n' left about 4 this morning xx

  • I am sorry that you did not get the right decision.

    I would take the following steps:

    1. Get some help from citizen's advice

    2. Find out why the application was not successful

    3. Get a copy of the policy that they use to make the decision

    4. See whether your GP or Consultant would be willing to write a letter.

    Focus your appeal on the points that they turned it down on.

    I hope that this helps you.

    Best regards,

    Dave

  • Thanks for the good pointers Dave, will let you know how I get on x

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