Under current legislation, local authorities can charge a badge fee of up to £2 for successful applications. This fee is payable on issue of a badge (not on application) and has not changed since 1983. However, the cost of processing this fee is far greater and as a result, a number of local authorities have chosen not to collect it
The legislation has been changed so that local authorities can charge successful applicants up to a maximum of £10. It will still be for local authorities to decide the fee that will be payable locally. Ealing Council will pay £10 for all Blue Badges.
Raising the fee will enable the implementation of the reform programme. It will allow local authorities to recover some of the costs involved in the new-style badge and administering the scheme