I have had one for 3yrs and now due for renewal. On application I was told that I do not automatically qualify and have to go for an assessment miles away from where I live. This I can do but if anyone else can elaborate or give any suggestions then please do.
I have friends with Blue Badges. They say that the assessors meet you in a car park with scattered seats. They check how far you can walk and are quite strict compared with a few years ago. If you have a Consultants letter it helps
Strangely despite making it harder for people with physical dificulties to get a blue badge permit, it was recently on the news that people with deafness or mental health issues are feeling discriminated against in not qualifying for a blue badge.
A Blue Badge is usually applied for via you local authority Social Services so things are apt to differ from one place to the other. If you are in receipt of certain government benefits such as P.I.P. or the Higher Rate Mobility Benefit then your will qualify much easier as such claimants are granted a Blue Badge almost automatically.