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boobydboobyd Forumite
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A bit of an information / gathering info.
Short story.
Wife's sister has been in care since age 3 due to severe mental/physical disabilities,her mother is at an age where she is unable to make decisions so the wife has been her  sisters advocate ( we have LPA for wife's mother for her Welfare/finance)
We have been contacted by the Health Authority because during a review it has been found her service provider has always been in "charge" of her finances and from that it creates a conflict of affairs as they get paid to care..
They want my wife to become her assiociate ? advisor and manage her finances.
We have a meeting with the health authority later this month.
I suppose the question is do we wait until the meeting and we get told what etc is available inbenefits to be claimed ? Etc
The wife's sister is unable to talk/communicate "look after her self.
Thanks

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  • venisonvenison Forumite
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    Are you sure its "associate" and not appointee?
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    elsienelsien Forumite
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    edited 12 May at 11:18PM
    It will be appointee they are asking about and there is no obligation. Your wife can say no if she wishes, there will be alternatives.
    It is important that your wife understands the role if she does take it on because it means she ensures the correct benefits are being claimed, and changes that might affect benefits are reported, and she decides what they are spent on, 
    https://www.gov.uk/become-appointee-for-someone-claiming-benefits

    The provider will probably be acting as corporate appointee at the moment so will have all the information about current benefits to hand over. 
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  • boobydboobyd Forumite
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    Thanks both.
    Yes appointee.
    Yes,itt is trying to understand what will be involved.
    We have a meeting with the Council and Care provider later this month so will wait for that then take time after to do decide.
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    elsienelsien Forumite
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    edited 13 May at 8:46AM
    If your wife is acting as appointee then all benefits will be paid to her on behalf of her sister. It would be wise to have a separate bank account for this to save confusion. (I’m guessing the sister doesn’t have her own bank account due to the level  of disability) 
    She then pays any ongoing bills from this money, sorts out spending money for her sister on a regular basis, and tries to make sure there’s enough of a buffer for bigger spends like clothes, holidays, new tv etc. 
    If her sister lives in a care home rather than supported living it’s a lot more straightforwards as most of her benefits would go to pay for her care aside from about £25 a week residential allowance  and any PIP/DLA mobility component. 
    If she lives in supported living it’s a bit more complicated because there will be rent, possibly utilities etc (if not included in the rent) and possibly a financial assessment from the local authority. 
    The provider will be able to tell you what her budget has been like up till now so you’ll have a fair idea of what she needs and when. 
    She then needs to let DWP know of any changes that might affect benefits such as being in hospital for over 28 days. 
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
  • boobydboobyd Forumite
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    Elsien.
    She lives in a home with about 10 others residents (her provider is Voyager) I'm not sure whether it's supported or care home
    She is unable to do anything,she is looked after 24/7,from food to personnel hygiene etc.
    She has some sort of account as  clothes etc and things like presents ..
    Thanks for the post,given a bit of info of what might be involved.
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