1. Expert Q&A: Benefits - Weds 23 October, 3-4pm

    Our next expert Q&A will be on the topic of benefits. It will be hosted by Lauren from our Knowledge Services team. She'll be answering your questions on Wednesday 23 October between 3-4pm.

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Appointee question

Discussion in 'I have a partner with dementia' started by abijac, Mar 2, 2015.

  1. abijac

    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.
     
  2. Feline

    Feline Registered User

    Oct 25, 2012
    164
    East Devon
    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
     
  3. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,716
    Female
    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.
     

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