When I renewed my blue badge a few years ago, the form was about 4 pages long, two of which didn’t apply because I’m on the maximum mobility component of DLA. My blue badge needs replacing, so I went to the Warwickshire County Council website to print out an application form. The form is now 16 pages long! Again, I can ignore most of it, but I still have to print it all out.
Not only is the form longer, but the Council is no longer satisfied to just have copies of proof of identity/proof of address. They now have to be certified copies. So now I have to take my documents along to my bank to get somebody there to confirm that, yes, it’s me and I do live at that address.
And the admin cost has gone up. When I first got a blue badge (2006 or thereabouts) it cost £2. Warwickshire County Council is charging £10 to cover admin costs.
Basically, what should have been a simple task has turned into another example of (local) government making disabled people jump through hoops to prove they’re disabled and need help.