Baroness to sponsor MP’s ‘Disabled Person’s Parking Badges Bill’

Besi Besemar October 30, 2012

Simon Kirby, MP

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson will sponsor Simon Kirby MP’s ‘Disabled Persons Parking Badges Bill’ when it progresses to the House of Lords later this year.

The Bill, which has received cross party support, seeks to improve the ability of local councils to tackle widespread abuse of the Blue Badge Scheme, thus improving it for genuine users.

It will receive its Third Reading in the House of Commons on Friday November 9, after which point it is due to progress to the House of Lords for further scrutiny.

Baroness Grey-Thompson has agreed to sponsor the Bill in the House of Lords, and will play an important role in guiding its progress through the Upper Chamber.

Mr Kirby said:

“The Blue Badge scheme is incredibly important to many disabled people who rely on disabled parking facilities. However, abuse of the scheme is so widespread that genuine users often struggle to find available spaces.

My Bill will help local councils tackle that abuse and make life easier for disabled residents up and down the Country who currently experience unnecessary difficulties due to the inconsiderate actions of those who fraudulently use Blue Badges.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson will be well known to my constituents as one of our greatest ever Paralympic athletes and a strong voice for disabled people in the House of Lords. I am delighted that my Bill has Tanni’s support, and I look forward to working with her in the coming months to ensure the progress of this important legislation.”