Freedom of information response

Blue badges

Publication date: 
Thursday 24 October 2019
Request: 

I am seeking information related to blue badges for the periods 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 (as up to date as possible) respectively.

a) How many blue badge applications were received?

b) How many of these applications were successful?

c) At the end of each period, how many blue badge holders were registered under your authority?

d) How many reports were received by the council of blue badge fraud?

e) How many prosecutions have taken place for misuse of a blue badge?

Response: 

a)

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

Total Badges Issued

Total Applications Received

= (Total Badges Issued + including refused

(see sec b below)

1746

1755

2459

2464

2768

2772

3035

3041

b)

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

Successful Applications

Total Badges Issued

(Badges Refused By Reason)

1746

(Unsuccessful = 9

1 did not meet criteria

8 where evidence not received)

2459

(Unsuccessful = 5

5 where evidence not received)

2768

(Unsuccessful = 4

1 where payment not received

1 did not meet criteria

2 where evidence not received)

3035

(Unsuccessful = 6

1 Did not meet the criteria 

3 duplicate application

2 Where evidence not received)

c)

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

Badges Registered

(Total Badges on Issue)

4976

(of which 21 were Organisation Badges)

5939

(of which 46 were Organisation Badges)

6817

(of which 51 were Organisation Badges)

7996

(of which 51 were Organisation Badges)

d) Unfortunately Thurrock Council are unable to provide the information you have requested.  This is because we do not hold this information.  This data is stored with a previous external supplier, we therefore do not have access to this information.

We have however taken control of the case management system and can confirm the following:

  • Thurrock Council have received 7 allegations of Blue Badge Fraud since 1st April 2019.

  • Successfully prosecuted 2 counts of Blue Badge Fraud since 1st April 2019.

e) Please see question d response above.

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Request reference:
FOI 9452