Inquiry into the Blue Badge Scheme in Wales: Eligibility and Implementation
The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee undertook an inquiry into the Blue Badge Scheme in Wales: Eligibility and Implementation.
Terms of reference
The Committee’s terms of reference were to consider:
- The impact of extending the eligibility criteria for a Blue Badge in Wales, and whether further extensions to the criteria are needed;
- The practical implementation and consistency of the Blue Badge scheme across Wales, including assessments, fees and enforcement, and
- The support and information that is available to Blue Badge applicants in Wales.
The Committee held a number of evidence sessions to inform the work of the Committee, which can be viewed in the table below. Additionally, the Committee consulted on this topic.
Date, agenda, minutes
1. Miranda Evans, Policy and Programmes Manager Disability Wales
2. Samuel Stone, External Affairs Officer, National Autistic Society
Huw Owen, Policy Officer, Alzheimer’s Society Cymru
Helen Powell, Specialist Support Advisor, Benefits Advice Programme, Wales Macmillan Cancer Support
Martin Fidler Jones, Policy Officer, Tenovus Cancer Care
3. Valerie Billingham, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Age Cymru
Kate Young, Director, All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers of People with Learning Disabilities
4. Andrew Meredith, Customer services Team Leader, Caerphilly County Borough Council
Rhys J. Page, Senior Business Manager, Carmarthenshire County Council
5. Welsh Government
Skates, Minister for Economy and Transport
The Committee published its report on the Blue Badge Scheme in Wales: Eligibility and Implementation (PDF, 686KB) on Monday 8 July.
On publication of the report, John Griffiths AM, Chair of the Committee said:
“Differing arrangements across the 22 councils have led to inconsistencies in implementation across Wales. Addressing this should be a priority for Welsh Government and local authorities so that everyone may receive a quality service, regardless of where they live. The system must be fit for purpose given its importance to our communities.”
A shorter Spark report can be read here.
A debate on the report was held in Plenary on Wednesday 16 October 2019.
Business type: Committee Inquiry
Reason considered: Senedd Business;
First published: 14/01/2019
- Spark Video - call for evidence MP4 23 MB
- Summary note of focus groups PDF 186 KB
- Correspondence from the Minister for Economy and Transport regarding the report on the Blue Badge Scheme in Wales – 15 October 2019 PDF 1 MB
- Letter to Minister for Economy and Transport - 4 October 2019 PDF 84 KB
- Letter to Dawn Bowden AM - 30 August 2019 PDF 79 KB
- Welsh Government correspondence - 23 May 2019
- Letter from Macmillan and Tenovus - 14 May 2019 PDF 436 KB View as HTML (7) 238 KB
- Letter to Minister for Economy and Transport - 8 May 2019 PDF 85 KB
- Letter from Alzheimer’s Society Cymru - 1 May 2019 PDF 268 KB