Money, benefits and discounts | Central Bedfordshire Council

Money, benefits and discounts

Discounts for children with special educational needs and disabilities

Accessible Britain

The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is free to download and includes ideas for days out across Britain, with reviews, tips and access information.

Blue Badge scheme

The Blue Badge scheme is for children and adults with severe mobility problems. It allows them to park close to their destination. Find out how to apply for a Blue Badge, which costs £10 and valid for three years.

Carers Discount Card

Unpaid carers in Bedfordshire can benefit from an exclusive card scheme that gives them access to a range of discounts at some local and national businesses.

Carers can show their photo identity card at more than 90 participating businesses including bakeries, restaurants, pharmacies, hair and beauty salons, clothes shops, taxis, holidays and leisure, law firms. For a full listing please visit Carers Discount Directory.

The scheme is part of ongoing efforts to help unpaid carers save money and is offered by Carers in Bedfordshire, with the support from the council and the business community.

It is hoped that the discount card scheme will also encourage unregistered unpaid carers to get in touch and find out what other benefits are available to them.

For more information about the discount card, if you are or know any unpaid carers who would like to sign up or if you know any businesses that would like to register please contact Carers in Beds on 0300 111 1919, by email or read more about the discount card(link opens in new window).Find out more information on the Carers in Bedfordshire website. (link opens in new window)

CEA Card

The card enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema. Find out how to apply on CEA's website.

Disabled Facilities Grant

Disabled Facilities Grant - can help provide safe access into and around the home. You may be eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant to help with the cost of making adaptations to your home - depending on your situation, including your financial circumstances. The maximum grant available to individuals is £30,000.

Typical adaptations would include:

  • access in to and out of the home (for example a wheelchair ramp)
  • access to bathroom/ toilet, bath or shower or wash basin
  • provision of facilities for preparing and cooking food
  • adaptations to bathrooms
  • ceiling hoists
  • stair lifts
  • other types of appropriate adaptations will also be considered

Disability Resource Centre

Disability Resource Centre (link opens in new window) – provides assistance for carers, guidance, training courses, support groups and disability equipment to disabled people. Its website contains articles on help with benefits, mental health and ways to save money on transport in Bedfordshire. The service can also assist you in completing application forms for benefits. 

Disabled persons' bus pass

Disabled persons’ bus pass - there are 7 categories of disability which can entitle a person to concessionary bus travel:

  • being blind or partially sighted
  • being profoundly or severely deaf
  • being without speech
  • having a disability, or having suffered an injury, which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on his or her ability to walk
  • not having arms, or having long-term loss of the use of both arms
  • having a learning disability that is a state of arrested or incomplete development of mind, which includes significant impairment of intelligence and social functioning
  • if he / she applied for the grant of a licence to drive a motor vehicle under Part III of the Road Traffic Act 1988, would have an application refused pursuant to section 92 of that Act (physical fitness) otherwise than on the ground of persistent misuse of drugs or alcohol

Disabled persons railcard

Disabled persons railcard (link opens in new window) - savings include one third off standard anytime, off-peak, standard, advanced and first class advanced train tickets for the disabled person and an adult companion. The railcard must be purchased online or you can download an application form; it costs £20 a year or £54 for three years. You may qualify if you:

  • receive disability related benefits including Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments
  • are registered as deaf or use a hearing aid
  • are registered as visually impaired
  • have epilepsy

You will be required to submit evidence of the disability – for example a copy of an award letter or a copy of a medical exemption certification.

Max Card

The Max Card provides free access to attractions for looked after children, children with disability or complex needs, their friends and family. The card is valid for two years and gives free entry for 2 children and 2 adults. Search over 245 venues on Max Card's website. Find out more information and apply for a card via the SNAP Parent Carer Forum (link opens in new window).

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