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Blue badge was like a lifeline for Portslade pensioner
A pensioner who was left with permanent problems after developing MRSA in hospital has been told he is too healthy for a blue badge.
Charles Humphrey, 78, of Portslade, was given the parking badge after contracting the disease while being treated for cancer three years ago.
He was left with severe incontinence and was given a disabled badge. But under new Government rules he is now no longer allowed to park in disabled bays because he can walk ninety metres unaided.
He says that the badge gave him easier access to public toilets and now he is virtually housebound.
But appeals to Brighton and Hove City Council and the ombudsman have been turned down.
Mr Humphrey said: “I can’t really go anywhere anymore. I’m 78 and live alone and the blue badge gave me easy parking and closer access where I can attend my needs.
“I had the badge for three years and now they have taken it away. Can Brighton and Hove stoop any lower?
“To park and walk 90 metres to a toilet is now an impossibility.
“When I complained they said they were following the new procedures, but it has had a huge affect on my life.”
The Department for Transport introduced badge reforms last year.
Making the changes, Transport Minister and Lewes MP Norman Baker said the old system was “hopelessly out of date and very easy to defraud”.
But under the new rules only people with permanent severe mobility problems are eligible, meaning many people with medical conditions previously entitled to parking concessions are no longer allowed badges.
A spokeswoman for Brighton and Hove City Council said: “The council very much supports increasing accessibility for disabled people through the blue badge scheme.
"However, we are unable to issue a blue badge to anyone who does not meet the criteria, which is set down nationally. This case has also been looked at independently.
“The new criteria is on mobility rather than other conditions. Applicants are assessed independently.”
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