The Blue Light Card is a discount scheme offered to Emergency Service Workers and some other government employees. Find out where you can use it and if it’s worthwhile.
Blue Light Card
I’m sure that the vast majority of us appreciate the work that is done by our Emergency Service Workers. Having worked closely with them before due to my job and with family members previously in the Police Force, I’m well aware of the hard work they put in.
With Public Sector wage increases capped at 1% again, it means that in real terms, their wages have decreased over the last seven years. So, the Blue Light Card could help in cutting their costs.
Who is eligible?
This scheme isn’t just for the Emergency Services. It’s available to anyone who works for the following:
-4×4 Response -Ambulance Service -Army -Blood Bikes -Cave Rescue -Emergency Response Unit -Fire Service -First Responders -Highways Agency -HM Coastguard -HM Prison Service -Independent Lifeboats -Lowland Search and Rescue -Lowland Search and Rescue -Marines -MOD Civil Servant -MOD Fire Service -MOD Police -Mountain Rescue -Navy -NHS -Police -RAF -Red Cross -RNLI -Search and Rescue -Second Line Responders -St Andrews Ambulance -St John Ambulance -UK Border Agency
Yes, you read that right – UK Border Agency. I’m not sure what kind of emergency you would call them out on, but I’m sure they’re not complaining.
How much does it cost and what discounts are there?
It is free to register which is always great. Then, if you want to redeem an offer online, you are either given a code or have to click through to the retailer via the Blue Light site. If you want to shop on the high street, then you will need to purchase a card. This costs £4.99 but will last five years.
There are loads of discounts available, and far too many to list here. Some of the major brands, such as Apple, are part of this scheme. That’s quite amazing in itself, as Apple never seem keen on giving you money off. You can also get money off at restaurants such as Frankie and Benny’s, 50% off at Domino’s, days out including Alton Towers, holidays with Thomas Cook and Haven and many, many shopping outlets. Nearly anything you want, you should be able to find some sort of discount through the Blue Light Card.
Or, why not take a look at a paid alternative with the CSSC? For less than £4 per month, you could be eligible for free entry into English Heritage sites, a free taste card membership and lots of other discounts.
And if you do qualify for a Blue Light Card, you probably qualify for a free tax rebate for washing your uniform, which could be worth £100’s.
A sample of Blue Light Discounts
Chessington World of Adventure
Early Learning Centre
Faye & Square
Frankie and Benny’s
Fred Olsen Cruises
Holland and Barrett
Legoland Discovery Centre
Marks & Spencer
Merlin Annual Pass
Only Oak Furniture
Red Letter Days
Sea Life Centre London
The Perfume Shop
Please bear in mind that this is not an exhaustive list, and only covers around 10% of companies.
And until 17th December, Blue Light Card holders receive 10% off from Iceland.
If you want to sign up and find out the complete list then head over to their official site.