Blue Badge Scheme – An Introduction


This leaflet answers frequent questions about Blue Badge disabled parking permits, and includes a template letter about M.E. that you can include with an application to your local authority.


This is a scheme that provides a range of parking concessions for people with disabilities throughout the UK – but many local authorities exercise their own discretion about how it is implemented.

At the end of August 2019, the criteria for eligibility were extended to people with ‘hidden disabilities’.  This should make it easier for people with M.E. to complete successful applications, but we don’t yet know how this extension is working out in practice.

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.


0344 576 5326

Available every day of the week between these times: 10am - 12noon, 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm.

Calls cost the same as other standard landline numbers (starting 01 or 02). If you have a call package for your landline or mobile phone then calls will normally come out of your inclusive minutes.