Liverpool Council makes disabled walk to 13th floor assessment office
LIVERPOOL city council thought it a good idea for disabled motorists to undergo medical examinations for parking permit blue badges on the 13th level of a car park. To further test the authenticity of claims, the lift (buttons: ‘calm down’ and ‘eh up lad’) at the Mount Pleasant car park stops on the 11th floor.
A disabled driver complains that “a set of stairs has to be negotiated before emerging at the correct level and having done this there is a long walk for someone of limited ability”.
Should those who make it be denied the badge? Or should the badges be reserved to those who never reach the 13th floor?
A council spokesman explains:
“We recognise it’s not the most satisfactory arrangement. We will be getting a ground floor office. It does say in the letters that if anyone has difficulty walking they should let us know and we will try to make arrangements. We accept that it’s not ideal but it’s an interim situation.”
Plans for Liverpool council to assess incapacity benefit claimants at the Mariners Wharf Trampolining Centre are on hold…