1. Expert Q&A: Protecting a person with dementia from financial abuse - Weds 26 June, 3:30-4:30 pm

    Financial abuse can have serious consequences for a person with dementia. Find out how to protect a person with dementia from financial abuse.

    Sam, our Knowledge Officer (Legal and Welfare Rights) is our expert on this topic. She will be here to answer your questions on Wednesday 26 June between 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

  1. sonia owen

    sonia owen Registered User

    Hi All,

    My mum wants of give a gift of some money to her Grandchildren. Is there a limit to what she can give to them.
    Thanks
    Sonia x
     
  2. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    68,722
    Kent
    I believe gifts need to be similar to gifts made previously pre dementia, otherwise there will be suspected deprivation of assets.

    I gave my niece a cash wedding present `from her grandmother` and SS said it was an acceptable amount.
     
  3. Delphie

    Delphie Registered User

    Dec 14, 2011
    1,244
    Hi sonia :)

    There are a few things to consider. There's the tax issue, which means you can give away £3000 per year before tax implications kick in (although, from memory, I think a person can give away as much as they like as long as each gift doesn't exceed £250).

    As far as the OPG, the gifts need to be 'proportionate', so the wealthier the person the bigger the sums allowed and, as Grannie G says, previous gifting habits are also take into account.

    Lastly, if care funding is an issue or is likely to be an issue, there is the LA to consider. If the gifts have been substantial and have depleted available assets, they might have something to say. But I imagine the sums really would have to be large, and I can't see them chasing a few hundred pounds given to kids, if that's the sort of thing you're thinking of doing.

    Hope that helps. :)
     
  4. Delphie

    Delphie Registered User

    Dec 14, 2011
    1,244
    P.S. I've given my sons quite substantial sums from their granny for university fees. Although amounts that large hadn't been involved previously, she'd always been very generous with them and had intended to help in this way at this time. Given the amounts (into thousands for the two of them over the period), I cleared it with the OPG before going ahead and they were absolutely fine about it.
     

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