Disability badge numbers fall
THE number of parking badges for people with disabilities has gone down in Rochdale in the past 12 months.
There are 10,531 people with a Blue Badge, according to the latest figures from the Department of Transport, compared to 10,599 in 2017.
That’s 4.8 per cent of the population, higher than the England rate of 4.2pc.
The badges allow the holders to park closer to their destination and remain for longer and are valid for three years.
They can be issued automatically to some people, such as those receiving higher levels of disability allowance or registered blind.
In Rochdale, in the 12 months to March 2018, 4,033 new badges were issued, 2,022 automatically and 2,004 after a further assessment.
But the data shows that just 52pc of those automatically eligible for a badge have one.