If your relative does not have the mental capacity to manage their own benefits or finds it difficult to do so (for example because they find it hard to fill in forms or manage financial information) then you can apply to the DWP to become their appointee. As the person’s appointee you can claim and manage your relative’s benefits on their behalf. You would also be able to access information from the DWP in relation to your relative and their benefits.
Once the DWP receives contact from you (more information below), they will arrange to visit your relative to assess if an appointee is needed, and whether you are a suitable appointee.
If your application to become your relative’s appointee is successful, the DWP will send you documentation to confirm that you are formally your relative’s appointee. You are not the appointee until you have received this form. It is important to note that appointeeship relates to managing a person’s benefits, and the small amount of savings that may be associated with receiving those benefits.
For more information about how to become an appointee visit the Gov.uk website (opens in a new window).