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I recieved a text message yesterday from the Blue badge people saying that my Blue badge can be picked up on monday, so with the intervention of the McMillan people things seem to be moving, hopefully they can sort out my DLA.

With me being on clinical trials which means a 40 mile round trip to the hospital one day a week its getting rather expensive fuel wise, so any financial help they can give me will be welcome seeing as I am now fully retired and my income is drastically reduced.

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That's good about the Blue Badge Malcolm.

I'm sorry to keep saying this, but at 71 you are too old to qualify for DLA ( and/or the mobility component of it) the only non-means-tested state benefit that you may be eligible for is Attendance Allowance -- get some specialist benefits advice and go for it!

 

Good luck and best wishes,

 

Colin.

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In all the 50 odd years of my working life I have never claimed benefits, sickness or unemployment, whenever you go to hospital there are many information signs saying that people with my condition are entitled to certain welfare benefits and in my naivity I applied and got knocked back, so I never bothered again.

It was only when my oncologist referred me to the McMillan nurse people and they asked what benefits I was claiming and when I said nothing they said that was wrong and that I was entitled to certain benefits as a right, within half an hour of my McMillan nurse phoning the blue badge people it was granted, she is now pursueing some other financial benefit, dont know whether its attendance allowence or what name its called, I know that I can't get mobility allowence as I am too old.

I am doing my bit for cancer research by being on the clinical trials, it wont help me but it may help future cancer sufferers, it is getting rather expensive in travelling between two distant hospitals so any financial help will be most welcome.

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I have a 220 mile round trip to the Cancer hospital at Poitiers. I have been going twice a year for the last 10 years and have never claimed car expenses until now. I had to go twice in 2 weeks in March so decided to try to claim, what a nightmare, because it is more than 150kms you have to have prior authorisation before you can claim, which I didn't have so they knocked it back, I have asked them to look again at the claim. In the meantime I have had to go twice in May and these have been accepted because I sent the correct forms in before we visited the hospital. It has taken sometime to get this organised as they prefer you to go in an Ambulance Taxi rather than your own car even though the cost would be higher. I have got an acceptance for a visit in August but unfortunately I have to go again on Tuesday so this is another obstacle to get over. The bureaucracy over here is horrendous.

 

Keep trying Malcolm.

 

Sylvia

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I have a neighbour who is a blue badge holder, and he was spitting feathers after telling me that virtually everywhere where his daughter lives that he travels to, the local car parks now all charge for parking for blue badge holders, but add " your allowed an extra hour" free of charge, so in practice the free parking has gone. So check carefully anywhere you stop, you can bet your life all councils will follow in due course, even if they don't currently charge now.

 

Oh and don't get me started on fee paying hospital car parks, bloody diabolical, why do we stand for this crap, did you see the story of a blue badge holder who despite leaving her badge clearly on display, and a note saying she was in the hospital receiving treatment, she had 10 fixed penalties put on her car !

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I went up town today to collect my blue badge, so as of today I am officially classed as disabled and not allowed to work which suits me fine I will just potter about in my woodshop.

I have an able bodied son, stepson and grandson who will do any kind of heavy work in the garden for me, or is that asking too much? cos all I will get when I ask them is, got a prior engagement, taking the kids out or cant do anything today as I have got my good suit on.

But they know where to come when they are short of dosh, methinks I will have to harden my attitude.

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Without detracting from Mike's (1foot) post.

The main advantage of the Blue Badge parking is the extra space allowed for getting disabled in/out of the vehicle & getting the wheelchairs in/out.

This is our biggest gripe as those who do abuse the system never consider this aspect.

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Why should someone with a blue badge be entitled to free parking in addition to all the other advantages the badge already gives them, the same applies to travelling over the Severn bridge as another example.

They are entitled to the same if not extra benefits as a non disabled person, they earn the same wage as their able bodied counterpart, so why should they be exempt from paying charges the same as the rest of us?

Non disabled or non blue badge holders have to pay for parking everywhere they go, so why should a section of the public who demand equality be deemed 'different' when it suits them to be?

 

Before anyone throws up their arms in horror and proclaims me the bane of all that is wrong with society, I totally support and agree that dedicated convenient parking bays should be made available, but they are parking bays non the less, and the use of them should incur the same charges as all parking bays.

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My guess is most if not all "disabled" people would give up their disability tomorrow in exchange for paying for a car park space if that was the magic wand. As for earning the same as an able bodied person, I'm not sure how someone with Spina Bifida for example, could ever be in the same earnings league as an able bodied person. There are all manner of disadvantages to disability, not least financial, you obviously don't don't understand that, and the provision of free parking for badge holders is really a very small price for the rest of us to pay IMO, just be thankful you don't need that help and support.

 

Oh and NO I'm not a badge holder thank God

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A blue badge would't make much difference to me..........as I've probably used paying car parks once in the last couple of years :D..........

 

If your paying for a car park then that usually means your going shopping 8-)............Orrible habit shopping *-)...............its taken me years to wean Sue of the habit :D

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1footinthegrave - 2012-06-12 9:33 AM

 

As for earning the same as an able bodied person, I'm not sure how someone with Spina Bifida for example, could ever be in the same earnings league as an able bodied person.

 

There are all manner of disadvantages to disability, not least financial, you obviously don't don't understand that,

 

 

 

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Absolute rubbish : 2 comparrison Profiles from our own company ;

(1) HR manager (disabled, spina bifida and lower left leg amputee).

Specially adapted ground floor office, own disabled toilet and washroom facilities, access ramps installed at works entrance, modified workstation to accomodate wheelchair access.

Salary £48k

 

(2) Machine operator, No disability, use of shared toilet and washroom facilities, no special treatment or demands, (and believe me, the other guy has plenty and milks it to the max). Highly qualified and adaptable.

Salary £18k

 

 

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Yes I do, my father is registered disabled and a badge holder after surgery for bowel cancer, he cannot walk more than 50 yards without a stick.

 

However, does having a job that pays nearly a grand a week coupled with a disability mean they can less afford 50p to park their car for an hour than a guy on a just under a third of that salary?

 

Like I said, I'm not against the badge, just the belief that the holders have no right complaining that they have to pay to park their car like the rest of us, how is that belief so wrong?

 

 

 

 

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donna miller - 2012-06-12 11:58 AM

 

1footinthegrave - 2012-06-12 9:33 AM

 

As for earning the same as an able bodied person, I'm not sure how someone with Spina Bifida for example, could ever be in the same earnings league as an able bodied person.

 

There are all manner of disadvantages to disability, not least financial, you obviously don't don't understand that,

 

 

 

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Absolute rubbish : 2 comparrison Profiles from our own company ;

(1) HR manager (disabled, spina bifida and lower left leg amputee).

Specially adapted ground floor office, own disabled toilet and washroom facilities, access ramps installed at works entrance, modified workstation to accomodate wheelchair access.

Salary £48k

 

(2) Machine operator, No disability, use of shared toilet and washroom facilities, no special treatment or demands, (and believe me, the other guy has plenty and milks it to the max). Highly qualified and adaptable.

Salary £18k

 

 

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Yes I do, my father is registered disabled and a badge holder after surgery for bowel cancer, he cannot walk more than 50 yards without a stick.

 

However, does having a job that pays nearly a grand a week coupled with a disability mean they can less afford 50p to park their car for an hour than a guy on a just under a third of that salary?

 

Like I said, I'm not against the badge, just the belief that the holders have no right complaining that they have to pay to park their car like the rest of us, how is that belief so wrong?

 

 

 

 

Perhaps your belief just comes across as just plain mean, now if you want to move the goal posts and talk about someone like Baroness Warsi taking the P*** I'd be with you 100%, but giving Blue badge holders a free parking concession does not seem much to object about, and to be fair the bloke on 18k could just as easily find themselves in a similar situation tomorrow, and there are no doubt very many disabled who earn far less than that in any event due to their disability, so lets get their 50p as well, if that does not sound mean minded, I'm not sure what does, oh well............it takes all sorts.

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Donna

Sorry but you disregard the very much higher cost of living regarding Disability & that many are unable to undertake a Job, even part time.

 

Modifications to the Home, specially adapted Equipment, almost anything with a "Disabled" tag being at premium pricing (regularly excused by supplier as because of low sales volumes)

NHS equipment being very basic & therefore replaced by the Disabled user at their own cost by equipment more specifically for their individual need. And NO these requirements are not NHS funded or Grant aided in the vast majority of cases.

Carer unable to work due to the Disabled's contant care needs, so many partners / spouses also on low income.

There will always be individual cases of someone with Disabilities in a well paid employment, but for how long ?, many years less working life for many, especially those with a degenerative condition.

But for each of those individuals there will be many more unable to perform a basic employment.

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Sorry but you disregard the very much higher cost of living regarding Disability & that many are unable to undertake a Job, even part time.

 

Modifications to the Home, specially adapted Equipment, almost anything with a "Disabled" tag being at premium pricing (regularly excused by supplier as because of low sales volumes)

NHS equipment being very basic & theerefore replaced by the Disabled user at their own cost by equipment more specifically for their individual need.

Carer unable to work due to the Disabled's contant care needs, so many partners / spouses also on low income.

There will always be individual cases of someone with Disabilities in a well paid employment, but for how long ?, many years less working life for many, especially those with a degenerative condition.

But for each of those individuals there will be many more unable to perform a basic employment.

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Having a severly disabled son I can fully agree with both Donna and Flicka.

Of course they are both right BUT I have to admit to being somewhat embarrassed by the multitude of small "Fringe" benefits that are available to the disabled.

We do not avail ourselves of these fringe benefite other than the blue badge privilidge of being able to park in places where the non-disabled wouldn't dare park.

We consider that to be the most important fringe benefit available to us.

 

We are inclined to believe that if you don't really require the help available then why claim it, leave it for those who need it more

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Syd - 2012-06-12 11:45 PM

 

 

Having a severly disabled son I can fully agree with both Donna and Flicka.

Of course they are both right BUT I have to admit to being somewhat embarrassed by the multitude of small "Fringe" benefits that are available to the disabled.

We do not avail ourselves of these fringe benefite other than the blue badge privilidge of being able to park in places where the non-disabled wouldn't dare park.

We consider that to be the most important fringe benefit available to us.

 

We are inclined to believe that if you don't really require the help available then why claim it, leave it for those who need it more

 

I think syd has just about summed it up really, if you need it then claim it. If you dont then stop taking the proverbial as it makes all disabled benefit users look like spongers.

 

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ips - 2012-06-13 10:53 AM

 

Syd - 2012-06-12 11:45 PM

 

...We are inclined to believe that if you don't really require the help available then why claim it, leave it for those who need it more

 

I think syd has just about summed it up really, if you need it then claim it. If you dont then stop taking the proverbial as it makes all disabled benefit users look like spongers.

 

Exactly!..

I find one of the most repugnant of phrases around is "..I'm entitled to it.." ...

 

(..Winter Fuel Allowance spent on diesel or wine,whilst touring the continent,anyone..? *-) )

 

There are FAR too many folk about,who claim for stuff because they CAN

..and not because they NEED!

 

.....and it's usually because they've heard that someone else(..be it a neighbour,friend or a bloke down the pub etc)gets it..and they then feel that they're missing out on something!....*-)

 

 

 

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I got my blue badge on monday what benefits it will give me I've no idea, I applied for it primarily to ease the cost of parking up in hospital car parks now that my income is vastly reduced now I am retired, and no way would I use my badge to park on double yellow lines like some people do.
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knight of the road - 2012-06-14 9:44 AM

 

I got my blue badge on monday what benefits it will give me I've no idea, I applied for it primarily to ease the cost of parking up in hospital car parks now that my income is vastly reduced now I am retired, and no way would I use my badge to park on double yellow lines like some people do.

 

I'm also reluctant to park on doube yellow lines - after all they are usually there for a purpose.

However on some occasions it has been necessary if disabled parking is not available (or places have been taken by white van man or large 4wd man or boy racer ...- but let's not go there).

Make sure there are no loading restrictions (perpendicular yellow lines on the kerb) as you will not be able to use the blue badge when these restrictions apply.

And obviously ensure that you are not causing an obstruction.

You have up to 3 hours parking - set the time on the disk.

 

I'm pretty easy about charges in council and privately owned car parks - especially if they provide wider and longer parking bays to allow wheelchair access (and their use is monitored by the parking wardens).

I encountered parking charges for the first time about 15 years ago on the Yorkshire coast, but now it's becoming the norm.

 

You may also be eligible for the "Disabled" taxation class for your vehicle if in receipt of a "Mobility" component in benefits. As well as enabling you to renew Road Tax for £0.00 I have found that some authorities allow free parking - on roads and in car parks - only for vehicles with this taxation class (in adddition to tne Blue Badge). You just have to check the "small print" on the parking notices.

And vehicles in this taxation class are automatically exempt from the London congestion charge (no need to register as the ANPR checks with DVLC - but you can register an additional vehicle on their website for times when the exempt vehicle may not be available).

 

Speaking for myself (but I believe most other disabled and their carers) we are not looking to make any financial gain, just help to allow us to carry on a normal life and do the things that others take for granted.

 

 

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knight of the road - 2012-06-14 9:44 AM

 

I got my blue badge on monday what benefits it will give me I've no idea, I applied for it primarily to ease the cost of parking up in hospital car parks now that my income is vastly reduced now I am retired, and no way would I use my badge to park on double yellow lines like some people do.

 

I hope you will excuse my rudeness but I find it very difficult to believe that ANYONE, especially you, would go to the trouble of applying for something without first knowing exactly what benefits a successful application will bring them.

People just don't do that.

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knight of the road - 2012-06-14 9:44 AM

 

I got my blue badge on monday what benefits it will give me I've no idea, I applied for it primarily to ease the cost of parking up in hospital car parks now that my income is vastly reduced now I am retired, and no way would I use my badge to park on double yellow lines like some people do.

 

Malcolm

Don't assume your Blue badge will "ease the cost of parking up in hospital car parks"

It will give access to a wider Disabled parking bay (if not already full) but at many hospital car parks the normal parking fees apply. Similarly for Council run Car Parks. Others may apply the normal fees, but allow additional time. (i.e. Pay for 1hour & 1hr free)

So always check the Notice Board for each Car Park. There are no common national rules.

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