Mum lost her mental capacity to dementia in 1999. She died last year in a care home aged 91. All these years, I have never asked how her pension was being paid on her behalf. I assumed somebody must be looking after her interests and I trusted them to do right by her. Because my brother went out of his way to disrespect her last wishes for her funeral, but also disrespected our father's right to a memorial in the same grave, I got letters of administration to pay for and put one up for them both. The grant I got issued to me covered the administration of all Mum's estate and I found myself lumbered with a claim from the DWP of an overpayment, possibly going back years. This has now been sorted. However, I have found out that Brother got an appointeeship over her state pension about 5 years ago but it seems before that, he had unofficial control of it. I have found out for the last 15 years, he had paid out only about 1 week's pension per year for her things such as clothes and toiletries. The DWP refuses to tell me anything because of the Data Protection Act. Surely this can't be how the Act is supposed to work? I feel my brother should be punished. I believe he has exploited his position, to keep Mum on a pittance while stashing up her benefit for himself. I feel that is why he refuses to give me any bank or other documents. How can I persuade the DWP to tell me where her pension was paid and get proper information about his activities? If I can prove he has been exploiting her all this time, who should I ask to investigate?