The Blue Badge scheme helps people with disabilities access essential community facilities.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR THE AWARD OF A BLUE BADGE IS CHANGING AND WILL SOON INCLUDE SOME NEW CRITERIA THAT WILL BROADEN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WILL BE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM THE BLUE BADGE SCHEME.
ALTHOUGH A NATIONAL DECISION HAS BEEN TAKEN TO DO THIS, INDIVIDUAL ISSUING AUTHORITIES HAVE NOT YET BEEN GIVEN A DATE FROM WHICH THE NEW CRITERIA WILL BE INTRODUCED.
IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT WORK IS UNDERWAY THAT WILL FACILITATE THE INTRODUCTION OF THESE CHANGES AND SUNDERLAND IS READY TO BEGIN USING THE NEW CRITERIA AS SOON AS IT IS NATIONALLY POSSIBLE TO DO SO. IN THE INTERIM, PLEASE BE AWARE THAT AS THESE CHANGES HAVE NOT YET COME INTO EFFECT, ALL ASSESSMENTS WILL BE ASSESSED IN ACCORDANCE WITH CURRENT NATIONAL CRITIERA.
Details about how to find out if you are eligible and how to apply can be found on the Council’s Blue Car Badge web page. You can also view the Council’s Blue Car Badge policy.
We've got some great places to visit in Sunderland, but if you have difficulty getting out and about these simple tasks and pleasures can feel impossible. That's why we've arranged for DisabledGo to assess more than 100 locations in the city for their accessibility.
Details of the Sunderland accessibility guide can be found on the DisabledGo website.
Sunderland SmartZone is a money saving ticket for travelling by bus in Sunderland. Tickets are valid on all Go North East, Arriva and Stagecoach bus services which means you can jump on the first bus that comes.
Details about where the tickets are valid and how to apply can be found on the Go North East website.
If you are disabled (see below for details of which disabilities apply), live in Tyne and Wear and have a Concessionary Travel Pass, you can travel on buses for free.
Details about how to find out if you are eligible and how to apply can be found on the Nexus website.
The National Key Scheme also known as RADAR aims to provide disabled key holders with independent access to the toiletsand increase the likelihood of the facilities being in a useable state.
There are a number of RADAR accessible toilets in Sunderland and details of where these are can be found by clicking here.
If you need to purchase a RADAR Key, they can be bought from the Council's Customer Service Centres, details of these centres and opening times can be found on the Council's Customer Service web page. They can also be bought online from the Disability Network.