Tips for the Blue Badge Scheme

Archive for April, 2011

Tips for the Blue Badge Scheme

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Blue Badges are for people with disabilities and allows them to park nearby where they need to go.

Amendments to the Blue Badge Scheme over the next year
the maximum fee a badge will increase from £2 to £10. The fee is set by the local councils.
the look of the badge will change to make it harder to copy and aid enforcement
more members of the armed forces and disabled children will qualify for a Blue Badge
The application of the scheme differs across the UK. The information on this page relates to England unless specified.

In England, Blue Badge holders may generally park:

on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours however this does not apply where in loading and unloading bays
Free at ‘on-street’ parking meters and pay-and-display machines, no limits apply on times

The above rules do not apply to private off-street car parks or roads and at most airports.

The scheme does not fully apply in four central London boroughs, who offer their own parking concessions:

The UK has agreed informal parking arrangements with other European Union (EU) countries, so you may be able to use the Blue Badge abroad.See the EUs own information booklet about using the Blue Badge in European countries.

In non-EU countries, you should take the badge with you and ask whether you are entitled to use it.
If an enforcement officer asks to see your Blue Badge, you must show it to them. Failure could be fined up result in a fine upto £1,000.Enforcement officers are not allowed to take away a Blue Badge unless accompanied by a police officer.
Blue Badges are the property of local councils, who can take them away if they are misused.

The Blue Badge is for your personal use only, it is an offence to allow other people to use the Blue Badge to:

do something on your behalf such as shopping whilst you stay at home
allow friends or family to park for free even if they are visiting you
let non-disabled people take advantage of the benefits while you sit in the car
It is not illegal for a Blue Badge holder, or non-badge holder waiting for the Blue Badge holder to return, to remain in the vehicle with the badge displayed. However, you should consider using a car park whenever possible.

The maximum fine for someone convicted of misuse is £1,000

If you think that a Blue Badge is being misused you should:

get as many details as possible from the badge on display
report the matter to your local council, who will investigate and take action

Access to everyday services and good for disabled people

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Access to goods, services, facilities and premises

The Equality Act 2010 provides important rights not to be discriminated against or harassed:

  • in accessing everyday goods and services like shops, cafes, banks, cinemas and places of worship
  • in buying or renting land or property
  • in accessing or becoming a member of a larger private club (25 or more members)
  • in accessing the functions of public bodies

Everyday services

Everyday services include services provided by local councils, doctors’ surgeries, shops, hotels, banks, pubs, post offices, theatres, hairdressers, places of worship, courts and voluntary groups such as play groups. Non-educational services provided by schools are also included.

Access to services is not just about physical access, it is about making services easier to use for everybody.

DisabledGo and Direct Enquiries are online directories with detailed access information about venues across the UK. You can search the database, and filter results so that you can check whether a venue is suitable for your own individual needs.

Power Glide by Pride

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
Pride Power Glide
The  new Power Glide by Pride attaches directly to a most manual wheelchair and assists carers with operation, making it easier to push a manual wheelchair.
  • Available in single and dual-wheel designs
  • Maximum speed of up to 3.4 mph (5.5 km/h)
  • Wight capacity of 21 Stone 6 lbs. (136 kg)
  • Standard features include a travel bag
  • Extended push handles for added convenience
  • A direct drive system provides traction, allowing a manual chair to go just about anywhere.

Call One Stop Mobility for more details.

Liverpool Woman Delighted with new stairlift !

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

A woman in Liverpool who has been trapped in her bedroom for a month because of a malfunctioning stairlift has regained some freedom after a replacement model was installed.

Local publication the Press reports how Emma Richardson, who suffers from Ehlers Danlos Hypermobility, which means her joints dislocate easily, has been able to get out of the house to see her doctor for the first time in weeks.

The publication previously reported that the provider of the mobility aid had been unable to discover what was causing it to stop and start unexpectedly when in use, despite coming out to examine it several times.

Eventually, the firm, Handicare, agreed to pay for a replacement to be fitted, which has now been installed by another company.

Ms Richardson’s mother Margaret Yaxley told the newspaper that her daughter was “ecstatic” at being able to leave her bedroom again.

“Now finally things can get back to normal and Emma can get on with her life,” she added.

Mobility aid users benefit from a Mediterranean diet !

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Older mobility aid users may benefit from eating a Mediterranean diet, as one expert has said this could be helpful for people suffering from dementia.

Professor June Andrews, director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of  Manchester, explained that it is important for the elderly to avoid putting on weight.

“What is good for your heart is good for your head, so watching out for fat and salt and sugar can help,” he stated.

Fresh fruit and vegetables, olive oil and oily fish, as is prevalent in the Mediterranean diet, could be suitable, the expert continued.

Meanwhile, it has been found that a cup of coffee or glass of wine may be a helpful addition each day.

Professor Andrews went on to say that there are some exceptions when it comes to keeping a healthy diet, such as those who have lost their appetite or forget to eat.

“They should have anything they fancy,” she said. “That is the time when extra butter or cream won’t do too much harm.”

Dr Amnitpal Mudher of Manchester University recently presented the findings of her recent study into Alzheimer’s at an Alzheimer’s Society research roadshow, explaining her discovery that people with the illness produce an abnormal form of the protein tau. ADNFCR-2649-ID-800479447-ADNFCR