My son is 15 1/2 years old and currently receives DLA. My question is do I need to become his appointee BEFORE he transfers to PIP or will the process happen automatically when he turns 16? I just want to be prepared. He doesn’t have the mental capacity to manage his finances. Thank you.
I don’t think it is automatic but you should ring the benefits office on his paperwork and ask to become appointee.How does he get benefits at moment?
Thank you. His benefits are sent to my husband who is his official carer. I will do as you suggest and phone the DLA benefits office. Thanks again.
I believe that only one person is allowed to be an appointee but the Benefits office will put you right.Once in the position of appointee no one checks up on what you do with the money, however I am only saying that because I opened a joint account with my son.He does not know what a bank account is or how much he gets.I have(which may not sound good) transferred some of his money into my account when I/we have struggled to pay the mortgage but since paying off the mortgage and since retiring and getting 2 pensions we /I am able to transfer money back.Do bear in mind that you can and should charge your son board and lodging (but not until he is of an age that work would normally be part of his life).
I have since discovered that my son cannot have more than £6000 in savings otherwise it will affect his ESA.(When your son leaves school or goes to college you will be claiming ESA(employment support allowance and dont forget he may be entitled to Universal credit later.
Sorry for ramble but just trying to pass on advice and tips.My son is 32 this year.
I cannot thank you enough. You’re not rambling; you have been really helpful and candid. It is so hard to get real answers from ‘professionals’ so I just stopped asking. It’s people like you, who have “been there, done that” etc that are the most valuable source of information and I’m extremely grateful.
We home educate my son and have done since he was 6 years old. I miss the chat you get with other parents on various issues. I’m relieved to hear that nobody checks on the money, just because it would be hard to itemise everything we pay out for my son and I have grown wary of officials brandishing clipboards since a bad experience with a social worker.
Now I’m rambling Thank you again. You’ve been a real help.
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