Many shops have been offering people in certain jobs a discount – which is a real help when money is tight amid the cost of living crisis.
Asda has just announced that it will reinstate its previous deal for Blue Light Card holders, giving them 10 per cent off. Many stores had similar offers during the height of the pandemic, recognizing the pressure emergency service workers were under. Read below to see if you can apply for one where professions and what proof is needed is listed.
The Asda announcement means that people who work in the NHS, Emergency Services, Social Services, Social care sector and armed forces will be able to get the discount if they have a Blue Light Card and present it when they come to pay.
Hayley Tatum, Asda’s Chief People and Corporate Affairs Officer said: “Family budgets are under huge pressure right now – with our Income Tracker showing household incomes down by £ 16 per week in March and set to fall further. Bringing back the Blue Light discount and removing the qualifying period for our own colleague discount are additional ways we can support our customers and colleagues, alongside our ongoing efforts to reduce prices and invest in our colleague pay. “
Tom Dalby, CEO at Blue Light Card, said: “We are really proud to be working with ASDA. With the cost of living on the rise, I hope this exclusive 10% discount helps families and individuals across the UK on everything from the big food shop to new school clothes. Asda has always done so much to show its appreciation to NHS staff and other frontline workers, and this partnership will support millions of blue light workers in the country. “
Other retailers and businesses which currently support the Blue Light Card scheme :
Cineworld, Domino’s, Halfords, Hotpoint, JD, Lovehoney, New Look, Odeon, Alton Towers, The Body Shop, EE, Go Outdoors, Haven, Myprotein, Ray-Ban, River Island, Charlotte Tilbury, Hotels.com, Samsung, Starbucks , Apple, Superdry and Boohoo.
Many people can apply for Blue Light cards – so look below to see if you are eligible:
An employed and paid staff member of the following and can provide a form of ID below that shows name, employer, job role and date (within the last 3 months).
NHS – ID Required: ID card or Payslip.
Police Service – ID Required: Payslip.
Ambulance Service – ID Required: ID card or Payslip.
Fire Service – ID Required: ID card or Payslip.
HM Prison Service / HMPPS – ID Required: ID card or Payslip.
NHS Dental Practice – ID Required: Payslip.
HM Armed Forces – ID Required: Payslip.
MoD Civil Servant – ID Required: Payslip.
MoD Fire Service – ID Required: Payslip.
MoD Police – ID Required: Payslip.
Highway Traffic Officers – ID Required: ID card or Payslip.
Home Office – Border Force – ID Required: Payslip.
Home Office – Immigration Enforcement – ID Required: Payslip.
Home Office – UK Visas and Immigration – ID Required: Payslip.
Social Care – Care Company Workforce – Company must be on either the CQC, RQIA, Care Inspectorate Scotland or Care Inspectorate Wales to be eligible. ID Required: ID card or Payslip.
Social Care – Social Worker – ID Required: ID card, Payslip or SWE / SCW / SSSC / NISCC number.
Social Care – Care Home – ID Required: ID card or Payslip.
Social Care – Residential Care – ID Required: ID card or Payslip.
Social Care – Council (Working in Care Sector) – ID Required: ID card or Payslip (if these do not state job role, please include a contract alongside).
Social Care – Foster Carer – ID Required: ID card.
Pharmacy Workers – ID Required: ID card or Payslip.
Am I eligible as a volunteer?
Yes, if you are part of the following first aid or rescue volunteer services:
HM Coastguard – ID Required: ID Card showing employment within HM Coastguard or a payslip if this is applicable showing name, organization and dated within 3 months.
RNLI – ID Required: Headed letter signed from your station commander stating your name, job role and dated within 3 months.
Search and Rescue – ID Required: ID card stating name and the Search and Rescue organization.
4×4 Response – ID Required: 4X4 Response ID card
Blood Bikes – ID Required: Blood Bikes ID card
St Andrews Ambulance – ID Required: St Andrews Ambulance ID Card
St John Ambulance – ID Required: St John Ambulance ID Card
Anyone wanting to apply for card can visit the Blue Light Card website.