Fathers death and outstanding carers debt from council
My father passed away recently. He had nothing to leave apart from an insurance policy which covered the cost of the funeral with nothing left over.
My father had carers from the local council that he had to pay for. It took a while at the beginning of his care for them to decide how much he would have to pay based on income and other factors. This meant a debt accrued of around £2000. My parents were under the impression they would be entitled to free care due to their low income but this was not the case and the bill shocked them and they were unable to pay. A payment plan was set up where my father would pay a small amount on top of his normal bill every week until the £2000 was paid off. When my father passed away there was still around £1500 unpaid.
The council have asked my mum to pay the debt. The care was solely in my fathers name although my mum lived with him. I know with most debts my mum would not be responsible but with it being the council would that be different? The fact is my mum has very little income as she's disabled and all the money she has goes straight out on bills so would never be able to afford to pay the debt off anyway.
Any advice would be welcome (location is Wales)
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