AM receives update on Blue Badge review

MONMOUTH  Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has received an update from the Welsh Government Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart AM, on the progress of the Blue Badge Task and Finish Group, commissioned to review the current scheme.

Mr Ramsay said he was pleased to learn that the work of the Group was progressing at pace.

“I am still receiving complaints from elderly constituents that their requests for the renewal of badges they have held for many years are being turned down under the new system,” he said.

“The interim report by the Task and Finish Group highlights a lack of consistency of approach in the application of the scheme and considers that consistent processes are essential to ensure that decisions on eligibility are the same across Wales.

“I understand that the Group is now in the process of taking evidence from key stakeholders before embarking on a final phase, which will focus on developing best practice recommendations to improve the scheme.

“The Group will report their final recommendations to the Minister in the autumn. Hopefully, once these are put in place, the problems which have frustrated and upset my constituents under the current scheme will be resolved.”

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