Drivers’ blue badge fee rise condemned

PENSIONERS’ representatives in Sheffield have criticised a proposed increase for disabled drivers of the cost of acquiring a blue badge from £2 to £10.

The fee has not gone up for 30 years and the council says it spends £10.95 per badge on administration. “Increasing the charge will enable us to cover the cost of providing the service,” said a spokeswoman.

An estimated two-thirds of blue badge holders are pensioners, and Sheffield Pensioners’ Action Group secretary Jacqueline Milner said: “They have to make money out of some things but I think it’s wrong to target a vulnerable group. £10 might not seem a lot to some people but to a pensioner on a £72-a-week basic pension it is a hell of a lot of money.”

Councillors were discussing the situation yesterday (Wednesday).