News story: People with hidden disabilities to benefit from Blue Badges

first_imgPeople with hidden disabilities, including autism and mental health conditions will soon have access to Blue Badges, removing the barriers many face to travel.The Blue Badge scheme already means those with physical disabilities can park closer to their destination than other drivers, as they are less able to take public transport or walk longer distances.In the biggest overhaul to the scheme since the 1970s, this will now be extended to those with less visible conditions next year. Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 The consultation, which ran from 21 January 2018 to 8 March 2018, received more than 6,000 responses from across the country.The Department for Transport will now work with stakeholders to develop new guidance to help them administer their Blue Badge schemes when these changes come into force.The government recently set out its plans to improve accessibility across all modes of transport in the Inclusive Transport Strategy which launched on 25 July 2018. The strategy aims to make the UK’s transport network fully inclusive by 2030. The changes follow an 8-week consultation and are part of the government’s drive for greater parity between physical and mental health conditions.Promotional video for the Blue Badge changesAlthough people with non-physical disabilities are not excluded from receiving a Blue Badge, the current rules are open to interpretation. The new criteria will give clear and consistent guidelines on Blue Badge eligibility for the whole of England.Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton said: Transport Minister Jesse Norman said: Jane Harris, Director of External Affairs at the National Autistic Society, said: People with hidden disabilities will be able to apply for a Blue Badge in 2019. Blue badges are a lifeline for disabled people, giving them the freedom and confidence to get to work and visit friends independently. The changes we have announced today will ensure that this scheme is extended equally to people with hidden disabilities so that they can enjoy the freedoms that many of us take for granted. It’s absolutely right that disabled people are able to go about their daily life without worrying about how they will get from one place to another. We’re taking an important step forward in ensuring people with hidden disabilities get the support they need to live independently. Today’s Blue Badge announcement will make a massive difference to the lives of many of the 600,000 autistic people in England, and their families. Just leaving the house is a challenge for many autistic people, involving detailed preparation – and sometimes overwhelming anxiety about plans going wrong. And some autistic people might not be aware of the dangers of the road or become overwhelmed by busy or loud environments. The possibility of not being able to find a parking space near where you’re going can mean you can’t contemplate leaving the house at all. The National Autistic Society and our supporters have been highlighting problems with the current rules to the government for many years. We’re thrilled that they have listened to the concerns of autistic people and their families, taking into account their needs for certainty and safety. Now it’s important to make sure that these changes are implemented fully and quickly. Roads media enquiries People with hidden disabilities will be able to apply for a Blue Badge in 2019. cannot undertake a journey without there being a risk of serious harm to their health or safety or that of any other person (such as young children with autism) cannot undertake a journey without it causing them very considerable psychological distress have very considerable difficulty when walking (both the physical act and experience of walking) Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 The new criteria will extend eligibility to people who: Blue Badge scheme to be extended to people with ‘hidden’ disabilities in 2019 biggest overhaul to the system in 40 years, offering accessible parking for people who find travel difficult part of the government’s drive to build a society that works for all Switchboard 0300 330 3000last_img read more

Bread Ahead opens 11,000 sq ft project in Wembley

first_imgLondon-based bakery Bread Ahead has opened a 11,000 sq ft site featuring a rotisserie and pizza restaurant, all-day dining café and cooking school.The project, which opened on Tuesday (26 November) near Wembley Stadium, includes a 182 cover-restaurant, bakery, two baking classrooms and a wholesale operation.The bakery and all-day dining café sells products including fresh pastries and smoked salmon brioche buns, as well as sandwiches, pizza slices, teas and coffee. There is also a 156-cover outdoor terrace. Rotisserie and pizza restaurant dishes include whole or half free-range rotisserie chicken and margherita and n’duja pizzas.“Our new ‘Gastro Bakery & School’ has been a two-year journey from start to finish. We have created a multipurpose site to house a restaurant/café and bar along with an education facility, all of which will be based around a large open plan artisan production bakery,” said Matthew Jones, founder of Bread Ahead.“Our offer is aimed at the growing local community of Wembley as well as the eager bread-a-headers of London and beyond.”The bakery school is sponsored by appliance supplier AEG and will feature two glass-fronted classrooms on the mezzanine floor of the building, overlooking the restaurant and bakery below.“The Wembley opening marks the first step in a long-term partnership with the brand, as we look to install AEG appliances across multiple other Bread Ahead sites early in the New Year,” said Chris George, head of marketing at Electrolux UK & Ireland.The Bread Ahead team is currently developing a new range of sourdough breads for the expanding wholesale customer base, run from Wembley.Inside the Bread Ahead venuelast_img read more