We are concerned for some people in the Lewes area affected by ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other seriously debilitating conditions who are being put through assessments by councils with a view to cutting down the number of Blue Badges issued.
Those that carry out these often harsh assessments are not always aware that many of the applicants have long-term illnesses and disabilities that vary and fluctuate.
Some may appear fairly able at a good time but can be seriously debilitated and even bed-bound for other long periods. Physical and mental functioning in patients such as these is often short-lived and cannot be sustained for any useful length of time.
The councils drive to cut down on the number of badges issued is causing great stress to those who are genuinely disabled and this is having a seriously adverse impact on their health and mobility.
Having a complicated long-term disabling illness is distressing enough without being put through hoops and landed with the burden of proof to gain one’s entitlements.
Chairman, Sussex ME Society,