Sorry to sound harsh, but I am not very sympathetic with JG regarding the difficulties in obtaining a valid Disabled Parking Badge. It is extremely important to apply for a new badge eight to 10 weeks before the Badge Expiry Date.
As my old Parking Badge expired at the end of November 2014, I applied for a new badge in early September 2014. I did not expect it to come until about a day before the old badge expired. Imagine my surprise when I received a new badge in mid-November 2014. This gave me just over two weeks on the old badge before I started my new one, as the new one wasn’t valid until the old one ran out!
I would recommend anyone with a Blue Badge to do what I did-don’t leave it too late- we all know how busy some admin departments can get!