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The big problem with Blue Badges is twofold:
1 - The old system was open to too much abuse, and even now the abuse is not properly controlled. Some of the abuse comes from people not understanding the rules.
2 - The rules for getting a badge were drafted by people who do not know what our needs are. So we get stuck with the ridiculous “How far can you walk?” question on a form that is designed to find reasons to reject people. I will go further and suggest that the form enables a junior clerk in the council offices to work down a checklist and find that “reason to reject” without actually having to think about the person making the application.
In Ewan’s case he can walk 100 metres by his own admission.
That’s it - failed the criteria! Stick the application in the NO box and go for coffee.
If he had said “10 metres without aids” - which would also be true if you read his blog - he would have got the BB first time.
If you think I am being cynical, read the application form and see how one question is asked twice (with different wording) which can only be see as being designed to “catch people out”. The fact that it could catch the genuine applicants really does not matter.
If this does not work, Ewen, I hope you take it to the local press, media, your local councillor, MP, MSP, etc.