Looking at the new rules effective from 30th August, it’s supposed to cover people with ‘hidden disabilities’ like anxiety and dementia.
It doesn’t mean that a blanket rule covering for eg, people diagnosed with MS will automatically qualify.
Plus, local authorities have their own rules and will set their own criteria, apart from the overriding rule that people who receive PIP for mobility or the higher rate of DLA for mobility do always qualify.
So essentially, it seems that for most of us, nothing changes. Although as Whammel pointed out, Chris Grayling is responsible, so who knows what the heck will happen!
I went to Bognor Wheelchair Services the other day. You’d expect that there would be plenty of disabled bays. There were two. In a crowded car park full of non disabled bays (pretty much all taken).