Blue Badge Scams

The Welsh Government is warning of scam websites that are charging people to apply for a Blue Badge, which is otherwise available for free.

The Blue Badge is available to disabled people to allow them free parking and access to services and facilities. It can be applied for through a local authority or the GOV.UK website and the process is completely free in Wales.

But some unscrupulous websites have been set-up and charging fees of around £50 for processing people’s applications. All they do is carry out the same simple application process that applicants can do themselves online or via their local authority.

Minister for Transport Edwina Hart said:

“The Blue Badge Scheme is there to help disabled people overcome some of the barriers they face when accessing jobs, shops and other important services. The scheme is completely free and I am outraged that some people are trying to exploit, often vulnerable, people by making out that they need to pay a fee to access this scheme.”