SEND transport schemes and benefits

How to apply for SEND-friendly transport schemes and benefits, including the blue badge scheme.

Blue Badge Scheme

The blue badge scheme provides parking concessions to disabled people with mobility and medical problems.

The blue badge scheme is a national offer and has set criteria, including automatic eligibility if you receive the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or score above 8 points on the moving around element of Personal independence Payment (PIP).

Since 2019 people with hidden disabilities are also invited to apply, however this is not a condition specific process and further evidence will be required for the local authority to make a decision.

Apply for a blue badge parking permit for disabled people

Disabled person’s bus pass

Disabled people are entitled to a bus pass giving free off-peak travel on local bus services anywhere in England. You can apply for a disabled person's bus pass online.

Disabled person’s railcard

If you have a disability that makes travelling by train difficult, you may qualify for a disabled person's railcard.


  • Get a third off adult fares for travel on the National Rail network in Great Britain.
  • If you are travelling with another adult, they will also get a third off their rail fare, so you can save money for a friend or family member too.
  • There are no time restrictions on the railcard, so you can use it to get a discount on tickets at any time of the day.