LOCAL Assembly Member Nick Ramsay is calling for the Welsh Government to move faster to reform the Blue Badge scheme to help many of his Monmouthshire constituents. Many elderly constituents have encountered difficulty renewing their Blue Badges due to problems with the “toolkit” introduced in August 2014 and which has not been implemented consistently across Wales.
Speaking today, Mr Ramsay said:
“Blue Badges play an important role enabling many people across Monmouthshire to live independent lives. The administrative process for renewals needs to be streamlined and enforcement for fraudulent use improved.
“I’m very concerned that reform is taking so long given the importance of Blue Badges to many vulnerable people in our local communities. The Welsh Labour Government’s recent statement on this issue, whilst welcomed, only indicates to me that real reform will take some time to achieve. In the meantime many elderly people with genuine mobility problems continue to struggle to have their badges renewed.”