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More blue badge scam websites to avoid

25th July 2018

Two more websites have appeared purporting to help people get their blue badge for an “assistance fee” on top of the £20 administration fee charged by Midlothian Council. 

The first new site is https://bluebadge-uk.org . Please avoid using this site, or it could cost you £47 you do not need to spend.

The second is http://bluebadge-online.org/blue_badge/apply.php This site charges £57 to assist someone obtain a Blue Badge. Do not use it.

The UK-wide administrator for the Blue Badge service has contacted both Bing and Yahoo search engines to highlight these two scam sites and ask for their removal.

Both of these new scam website addresses have been added to the list of sites to avoid at the foot of the Supplementary pages accompanying this newsletter.  

Please note that the above websites are not associated with the official Blue Badge website run by the Scottish Government. This is located at  https://www.mygov.scot/apply-blue-badge  where online applications can be made to Midlothian Council for just the £20 fee charged by the Council, and nothing more.

At the moment the online version cannot upload all necessary supporting documents but the programme will print out a list of the outstanding items that should be taken to Buccleuch House in Dalkeith or Mayfield Library, the two locations where Blue Badge applications can be lodged in person in Midlothian.

Of course, there are still paper applications for those who cannot or do not wish to apply online. Blue Badge paper application forms are available in all Midlothian libraries. Completed paper forms should be taken to either Buccleuch House in Dalkeith, or to the new Newbattle Library.

Any citizens for whom this warning comes too late may wish to contact Citizens Advice Consumer Services. Advice will be given on how to report these websites and whether or not it may be possible to recoup any money paid. CACS can be contacted on 03454 040506 or online via their website at http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/getadvice/consumer_service.htm

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