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Blue Badge Celebrations

posted 11 Nov 2009 04:29 by Maria Miller

2 January 2008

Maria was delighted to attend a special Christmas Party held by two Basingstoke mums for children and families affected by hip dysplasia

After campaigning for over a year the law was changed which means that Blue Badges will now be available nationally to parents of children under two who have severe disabilities including hip dysplasia.

Maria said "Kelli-Ann and Helen have worked very hard to raise awareness for the need to support children with hip dysplasia.

It is truly inspiring, because it shows you what commitment and hard work can achieve"

MP joins families to celebrate local campaign success

posted 11 Nov 2009 04:26 by Maria Miller   [ updated 22 Apr 2014 06:55 by Maria Miller ]

11 October 2007

Basingstoke MP Maria Miller joined Mia and Jessica and their mums Helen Grindrod and Kelli–Ann Rushton both of whom have campaigned tirelessly to get a change in the law regarding the eligibility of families with young children to have access to disabled parking. In response to the mums work, Basingstoke Council have established a new system to enable families with children with hip dysplasia to have access to disabled parking bays in the Borough. This decision was made after 12 months of campaigning led by local families supported by Maria Miller MP.

Maria said, "Basingstoke Council has led the way in supporting families with children who suffer from hip dysplasia. Nationally the Government has conducted a stream of consultations over the past 5 years but has failed to put any practical measures in place. Basingstoke has seen a problem and acted to help ensure families who already have to cope with their children's condition get the support they need. The surgery and aftercare involved hip dysplasia cases, leave children in body casts for weeks on end, with their legs at 90 degree angles. This makes it difficult for these children to get out and to try and carry on normal daily life during their treatment period. Action taken by Basingstoke Council will make a real difference to these children's lives."

The Government has now said that national rules government Blue Badges will change to include children with hip dysplasia under the age of two. Maria will continue to ask for the Government to also support children over the age of two.

Blue Badge Victory

posted 11 Nov 2009 04:24 by Maria Miller

14 September 2007

Maria Miller MP for Basingstoke has welcomed today’s Government announcement that Blue Badges will now be available nationally to parents of children under two who have severe disabilities including hip dysplasia, after campaigning for 12 months for this change in the law alongside mothers in her Basingstoke constituency.

Speaking after the Transport Minister made the announcement Maria said, “I very much welcome these long overdue changes to the rules governing Blue Badges. Parents up and down the country have suffered needless hardship by being excluded from the Blue Badge scheme. This small change in the rules will be a significant help to families with very young disabled children, including those with hip dysplasia”.

“The campaign was started by two mothers in my Basingstoke constituency, both of whom had children with hip dysplasia. I applaud the work of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council who acted quickly when the problem was brought to their attention and put in place their own scheme to support these families.

“Last year I was able to present a petition with 1600 signatories to the Department of Transport and gained the support from all political parties for Early Day Motion 413 calling for the change in the Blue Badge rules that have been announced today. Whilst I welcome the Ministers announcement, these changes were first called for in 1999 by the Governments own ‘Dept of transport advisory committee’. It should not take the Government eight years to act on such important recommendations”.

 

Are local Councils breaking the law?

posted 11 Nov 2009 04:21 by Maria Miller

12 April 2007
Maria Miller MP for Basingstoke has today written to the Local Government Association asking them to clarify whether local authorities are contravening the Disability Discrimination Act by not allowing families of children with hip dysplasia to use local authority car park disabled parking bays.

Maria said, “Basingstoke and Deane are already ahead of the game and have asked the Council’s Environment Committee to look at a local parking scheme to support families of children with hip dysplasia. I have asked the Local Government Association whether under the Disability Discrimination Act local authorities have a legal obligation to allow these families to use local authority controlled disabled parking bays. These families already have a great deal to contend with and are at risk of being stranded and isolated in their homes if appropriate parking is not available”.

Maria raises constituents concerns in the House

posted 10 Nov 2009 09:39 by Maria Miller

18 January 2007
Basingstoke
’s MP Maria Miller has raised her constituents concerns at a debate in the House of Commons.

Maria was contacted by two mothers from Basingstoke whose children suffer from hip-dysplasia but are note eligible for a blue badge under the current rules.

Hip-dysplasia 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, which is bulky, heavy and difficult to carry around. 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

During the debate in the House of Commons Maria called on the Government to take action as promised by the Government 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.  However no action has been taken four years on.

 

Maria said “The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee recommended in 1999 that the rules should be changed. The Government accepted in 2002 that the rules should be changed. We should have seen some change before now, but no: four years on, and we have had no change in the rules.

 

Yet more consultation is spoken of, but that is not good enough for children, who are suffering as a result of the Government's inaction. I draw that case to the Committee's attention in the hope that it may be given consideration. I invite the Minister to fill me with joy by telling me that she will bring forward those much-needed regulations in the near future.”

Blue Badge Campaign goes to Westminster

posted 10 Nov 2009 09:39 by Maria Miller   [ updated 10 Nov 2009 09:58 ]

9 January 2007
Shadow Minister for Family Welfare, Maria Miller MP, is leading a campaign calling on the Government to stop delaying and to make the changes that they promised over four years ago. To that end she has presented a petition to the Department for Transport that has over 1600 signatures and has tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament that currently has the support of over 50 other Members of Parliament.

Shadow Minister for Disabled People, Jeremy Hunt MP, and Shadow Transport Minister, Stephen Hammond MP, joined Maria at a meeting in the House of Commons on 9 January to discuss listen to a number of parents with disabled children explain their specific problems. Both Shadow Ministers have pledged to fight to ensure that disabled children under the age of 2 are eligible for a blue badges and will be pressing the relevant Government Ministers to bring forward the required regulations.
 

This campaign is also supported by STEPS, a national charity that campaigns for children with lower limb conditions. Sue Banton, the founder and director of Steps has stated:
“We are pleased with this initiative to change the Blue Badge regulation and are delighted that MPs are listening to parents’ needs. Extending the eligibility for blue badges could help hundreds of parents who are caring for children who may be disabled, albeit temporarily.”

We need action not more words

posted 10 Nov 2009 09:31 by Maria Miller

18 December 2006
Maria Miller MP for Basingstoke has slammed the Government’s lack of action regarding the rules governing disabled blue badges.
 
Speaking after presenting a petition signed by over 1,600 people to the Department for Transport calling for changes to the Blue Badge rules, Maria said, “The Government said they would change the rules for Blue Badges over four years ago, but has so far taken no action. Now they say they plan yet more consultation – but still no action.
 

“The Government clearly agree with us that there is a need to change the rules regarding Blue Badges which currently exclude under two’s and those with severe mobility impairment lasting under three years. But they are continually dragging their feet instead of actually putting these much needed changes in place.

“Two mothers in my constituency in Basingstoke have organised the petition that I presented today. The continuing inaction of the Government will be a huge disappointment both to those who have signed the petition and the many thousands of families who have children with severe mobility problems and need to see the rules change now.”
 
Maria added: “Four years have passed and the Government has failed to deliver the change it promised in 2002. Mia and Jessica’s families need action not words. I have tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament, which has so far received the support of over 50 MPs from all of the main parties, highlighting this failure and calling on the Government to stop delaying and make the changes they promised four years ago so that children with mobility problems can get around more easily whilst they are undergoing difficult and disabling treatment.”
 

STEPS, a national charity that campaigns for children with lower limb conditions, has also lent its support to Maria’s campaign. Sue Banton, founder and director of STEPS, said: “We are pleased with this initiative to change the Blue Badge regulations and are delighted that MPs are listening to parents' needs.

“Extending the eligibility for Blue Badges could help hundreds of parents who are caring for children who may be severely disabled, albeit temporarily.”

Maria tables Early Day Motion to support the Blue Badge Campaign

posted 10 Nov 2009 08:56 by Maria Miller   [ updated 10 Nov 2009 09:27 ]

5 December 2006
Maria has tabled an Early Day Motion 413 to support the Blue Badge Campaign.
 
The EDM states "That this House recognises the difficulties caused to young children and their families by the present rules governing Blue Badges for disabled people; notes that in 2002 the Government agreed to change the Blue Badge eligibility criteria to include children under two years of age and those who are temporarily disabled; further notes that these changes were first recommended by the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee in 1999; and calls on the Government urgently to put forward new regulations to deliver on the undertakings that were made in 2002."
 
Maria was contacted by two mothers from Basingstoke whose children suffer from hip-dysplasia but are note eligible for a blue badge under the current rules.

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