ou can apply for the right to deal with the benefits of someone who can’t manage their own affairs because they’re mentally incapable or severely disabled.
Only 1 appointee can act on behalf of someone who is entitled to benefits (the claimant) from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
An appointee can be:
As an appointee you’re responsible for making and maintaining any benefit claims. You must:
If the benefit is overpaid, depending on the circumstances, you could be held responsible.
Who you phone to apply to depends on the benefit:
There’s a different process for tax credits.
Once you’re authorised, DWP will monitor the situation to make sure it’s still suitable for you and the claimant.
Contact DWP immediately if you want to stop being an appointee. Phone the benefit office that deals with the claim – the number will be on any letters they’ve sent you.
Your appointment can be stopped if:
Nearest tube – Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).
Nearest Railway Station – Elephant & Castle
Buses from Elephant and Castle – ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45