Dis­abil­ity badge num­bers fall

Rochdale Observer - - SPECIAL REPORT -

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.

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