Local MP for Basingstoke Maria Miller lead a successful campaign to arrange for an urgent review and changes to the Blue Badge Scheme for under twos and those with severe mobility impairment which lasts under three years.
After a review of the Blue Badge Scheme by the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) in 1999 the Government accepted (2002) that the scheme should be changed to include children under two and those with temporary mobility impairments which severely affects their walking ability for at least 12 months.
Four years later no Action was taken!
A petition was started by two mums from Basingstoke Kelli-Ann Rushton and Helen Grindrod, whose children were diagnosed with hip-dysplasia. The condition requires children to undergo surgery and to be placed in a hip spica cast in a frog position with a bar in between their legs. For each leg children will typically spend around 18 weeks in cast. This means that they will be completely immobile for around 8 months and more time afterwards where they will need to learn to walk again. Children with hip dysplasia were not eligible for a blue badge under the current regime.
Maria campaigned for changes that need to be made now so that many children across the country who are under two and those with severe mobility impairment which lasts under three years can get around more easily whilst they are undergoing difficult and disabling treatment.
After tirelessly campaigning with Kelli-Ann and Helen for over a year, the law was finally changed! This means that Blue Badges are now be available nationally to parents of children under two who have severe disabilities including hip dysplasia.