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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13302: Alexander Stewart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on care homes being permitted to issue day disability badges, similar to those offered to rail passengers.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 22 December 2017

We recognise the vital role the disabled person’s parking scheme plays in supporting people to live independent lives. For example, I have this week announced the extension of the scheme to some people with cognitive impairments who pose a risk to themselves or others in traffic, where alternative strategies do not work to handle the risk.

At present care homes can pay for a range of rail tickets to facilitate travel of their residents, full details of which are available on the ScotRail website.

There is a facility to issue disabled person’s parking badges to organisations such as care homes, when the organisation is carrying passengers who would be entitled in their own right to such a badge. Individual decisions about issue of such badges is a matter for the local authority.

More information about our position on eligibility criteria for a disabled person’s parking badge is available at www.mygov.scot/apply-blue-badge/eligibility-who-can-have-one which has a full description of eligibility criteria.