The Blue Badge regulations will be amended from 30th August 2019, in England, for those with a hidden disability which limits their ability to walk safely. The Blue Badge regulations will be amended from 30th August 2019, in England, for those with a hidden disability which limits their ability to walk safely. Blue Badge holders are able to park closer to their destination, either as the driver or passenger, in disabled parking bays, usually for free on streets with parking meters or pay-and-display machines, and on single or double yellow lines for up to 3 hours in certain circumstances. The eligibility criteria for a Blue Badge has been extended beyond those with a physical disability to now include those who: • cannot undertake a journey without there being a risk of serious harm to their health or safety or that of any other person; • cannot undertake a journey without it causing them very considerable psychological distress; • have very considerable difficulty when walking (both the physical act and experience of walking); and • scored 10 points under the 'planning and following journeys' activity of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) by virtue of being unable to undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to them. This will lead to automatic entitlement in much the same way as scoring 8 points under the ‘moving around’ activity of PIP which is already in place. The regulations also amend the current requirement that the disability be 'permanent and substantial', changing it to 'enduring and substantial'. Those who do not meet the automatic eligibility criteria linked to PIP awards, can still apply and go through the standard assessment process. Under the new regulations, ‘expert assessors’ with specialist experience of non-physical impairments, can be appointed by the local authority to undertake the assessment to determine eligibility.
How to lose friends and alienate people.Jun 30th, 2017
At the time of writing this blog (28th June), Parliament is about to have its first vote following State Opening, as Jeremy Corbyn tables an amendment to the Queen’s Speech, opposing the public sector pay cap and demanding an increase in recruitment across the emergency services.
Although this is likely to be defeated by the Conservatives and DUP, it will represent the first test of the strength of cooperation not only between these two unlikely political allies, but also amongst the Conservative party itself.
Indeed, for the time being at least, this is how Parliament will function and how motions will be passed or otherwise; with a reliance on this fragile and widely-opposed union between the Conservatives and the DUP.
Theresa May’s decision to call a General Election was supposed to underline her position of strength, both within her own government and across the table from EU leaders in the course of Brexit negotiations.
It actually turned out to be a humbling defeat for Theresa May, and one which backfired spectacularly.
Although gaining the largest number of seats, the majority needed to form a government eluded the Conservatives, and the outcome was seen by many as a clear loss for them, and a victory for Labour.
In fact, such was the extent of the narrowing of the previously large gulf between the two parties, that there is now a credible possibility of either Theresa May being ousted from her position as Prime Minister, or even the Conservatives being ousted as the party in power.
All of this comes at a time when we are already three months on from having triggered Article 50, with little to no progress having been made, despite there being only 21 months of talks left, in which time decades-worth of laws, policies, trade agreements and citizenship rights must be untangled and agreed upon.
It is clear to all that far from affirming her position of authority within her own government, and demonstrating “strength and stability” to the EU, Theresa May has unfortunately only succeeded in weakening her negotiating ability and made ever more uncertain and precarious the UK’s exit from the EU, the consequences of which remain to be seen.