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Blue Badge Scheme: Older People

Transport written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Labour, Sefton Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to make all people aged over 65 eligible for the Blue Badge scheme.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

holding answer 21 January 2011

Eligibility for the Blue Badge scheme is set out in legislation. The Government have no plans to extend eligibility to all people aged over 65 and believe that badges should be issued on the basis of need, not age. The accessibility benefits offered by the scheme should be protected for the benefit of those disabled people who most rely on being able to park close to jobs, shops and services.

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