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Appointee question

abijac

Registered User
Jul 12, 2014
15
I am appointee for my Dads benefits who has been in care for five months now. I live three hours away and my question is am I allowed to claim money back for train fares/loss of earnings etc. Mum is also going into a care home temporarily at the moment so have a lot to sort out. I unfortunately have a job where I don't get paid for time off so realistically although I need to travel up I have financial limitations. All I can find is a quotation saying money must be spent in Dads best interests but not to my benefit. Obviously I would be keeping receipts and accounts but would this seem reasonable and legal.
 

Feline

Registered User
Oct 25, 2012
164
East Devon
I am appointee for my Dads benefits who has been in care for five months now. I live three hours away and my question is am I allowed to claim money back for train fares/loss of earnings etc. Mum is also going into a care home temporarily at the moment so have a lot to sort out. I unfortunately have a job where I don't get paid for time off so realistically although I need to travel up I have financial limitations. All I can find is a quotation saying money must be spent in Dads best interests but not to my benefit. Obviously I would be keeping receipts and accounts but would this seem reasonable and legal.
Hi,
I am not sure about this, I should think you could ask at citizens advice bureau, or someone might come along soon who knows the answer.
Best wishes
 

Beate

Registered User
May 21, 2014
11,896
London
That's a tricky one. There is a thread here about expenses but with an LPA: http://forum.alzheimers.org.uk/showthread.php?80254-POA-and-expenses-advice-please
Obviously attorneys have the right to deal with all money matters not just benefits.

This site claims that "An appointee does not have the authority to deal with capital or other income belonging to the incapacitated person."
http://www.moneycarer.org.uk/faq/what-other-duties-does-appointee-have

The government website only says to spend the benefits in the claimant's best interests.
https://www.gov.uk/become-appointee-for-someone-claiming-benefits
To be honest, I would give them a call and ask.