Mae hwn yn fersiwn HTML o atodiad i'r cais Rhyddid Gwybodaeth 'Blude badge renewal'.


 
 
Our Ref: FOI 7273 
 
 
 
 
Date: 26 July 2012 
 
Nicola Whitehill 
Via email: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx
 
 
Dear Nicola 
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information 
 
I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the Authority under 
the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please find the answers to your 
questions on the Blue Badge scheme:- 
 
Process 
Blue Badge schemes continue to run on a local basis. However a new style Blue Badge 
was introduced as a result of government reforms bought in on 1 January 2012. These 
reforms are aimed at preventing fraud and misuse of the Blue Badge Scheme operated 
by local authorities. The new-style badge includes a digital photo and hologram, making 
it easier to ensure the badge is being appropriately used by the person it is issued to.   
 
Details of the Birmingham process are on the council website at:= 
http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/blue-badge-scheme
 
And the national scheme is detailed here:= 
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/MotoringAndTransport/Bluebadgescheme/D
G_181208
 
Technically people do not have a ‘renewal’ since they have to apply again when the 
existing badge is due for expiry. 
 
In Birmingham renewal reminders are now being sent out to alert the badge holder. 
 
Fee 
The new style badge is purchased by local authorities from a national provider appointed 
by the government. The national provider will also despatch the badges direct to 
approved applicants, once notification of approval is provided by the relevant local 
authority. While every effort has been made to absorb the increased costs of the 
improved security measures, many local authorities have had to increase their 
registration fees.  
 
Birmingham City Council's fee of £2 has not increased since 1983, entitling approved 
users, in the majority of cases, to free parking for a period of up to 3 years. New 
applications and renewal of existing badges expiring prior to 1 August 2012 will pay the 
current £2 fee. New applications and badges expiring from 1 August will pay the new £10 
fee to offset the administration costs and contribute towards the purchase of the new 
style badge from the approved external provider. 
 
 
 
Please reply to me at: 
 
 
Adults and Communities Directorate 
 
Telephone 
:   0121 303 9462 
Public Health team 
 
Facsimile 
:   0121 303 2769 
PO Box 16468 
 
 
Birmingham B2 2DS 
 
www.birmingham.gov.uk/adults 
 
 
 
Peter Hay CBE   Strategic Director, Adults and Communities 
 

FOI 7273 / continued 
 
 
 
Whilst we have undertaken a thorough search of the information held by Birmingham 
City Council, it may be that, due to the size and amount of information held by 
Birmingham City Council, some information has been inadvertently missed. If you have 
any information which may assist us in determining or locating any missed information, 
we would be grateful if you would contact us with details of this information, so that we 
can make a further search. 
 
Where Birmingham City Council is the copyright holder of any information that may be 
released, re-use for personal, educational or non-commercial purposes is permitted 
without further reference to the City Council. Where the re-use is for other purposes, 
such as commercial re-use, the applicant should notify the City Council in writing to seek 
approval or agree terms for re-use. 
 
If you are not satisfied with the decision, you may ask for an internal review by officers 
not involved in the handling of this original request. Please contact Birmingham City 
Council’s central FOI Team at this address: 
Information Governance Team, Performance and Information (WS),  
PO Box 16366, Birmingham B2 2YY 
 
Tel: 0121 303 4876   
email: xxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xx 
 
After that, if you are not satisfied with the Council’s decision you may apply to the 
Information Commissioner for an independent review at this address: 
The Information Commissioner 
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF 
Tel: 01625 545700 
 
Web: www.ico.gov.uk
 
Yours sincerely 
 
 
Philip Wilson 
Freedom of Information Officer 
 
 
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