Coventry & Warwickshire

Warwickshire disabled blue badge price rises from 2012

The cost of a disabled parking badge in Warwickshire will be increasing from £2 to £10, from January.

The rise will be the first in the area since 1986, according to the county council.

Councillor Izzi Seccombe said: "We have managed to keep the cost of a blue badge affordable for all applicants."

"[However] disabled people are more likely than other groups in society to live in poverty," Neil Coyle from Disability Alliance (DA) said.

"Authorities must be very careful in increasing fees, this issue has arisen in other parts of the country.

'Positive aspects'

He advised those with blue badges who have concerns, to contact them.

The council said the price hike is due to increased administration costs following changes by the Department of Transport.

From January, the government will hold a national database to monitor the system and there will be more rigorous criteria for applying for a blue badge.

Ms Seccombe said: "It is important to remember that there are many positive aspects to the new scheme - it will help crack down on widespread fraud and people will be able to apply online for the first time."

The Conservative-run authority said it handles 11,000 applications a year and there are around 30,000 badge holders in the county.

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