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The Blue Badge scheme, which helps you to park closer to your destination if you have a disability, has now been permanently extended to include people with dementia.

In April 2016, a pilot project was set up to extend the standard Blue Badge scheme to anyone with a diagnosed mental health condition who receives certain social security benefits and whose lack of awareness of danger from traffic is likely to compromise the safety of the person, or other persons, during journeys. Following the success of this pilot, the extension was made permanent in late 2017.

Our Dementia Advisors, Link Workers and local services have worked hard to promote awareness of this scheme to people with dementia and those who care for them. If you know someone who would benefit from having a Blue Badge please get in touch with the Blue Badge team at your Local Authority, or with your local Alzheimer Scotland service.

Please be aware that there are a number of internet scams charging people up to £50 for a Blue Badge. However, it is free to apply through the official Government website and, if successful, applicants will only need to pay £10 for their badge.