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The Appointee scheme operates seperately from the AWI Act but, where a person lacks capacity and their only income is from state benefits, it is often the best option. However, it normally cannot be used where a person is considering direct payments or they receive funding from the Independent Living Fund (ILF).

An Appointee is appointed by the DWP to look after benefits. An Appointee can be an individual (often a family member) or an organisation (known as a 'corporate appointee').

Duties include:

  • filling in claim forms
  • receiving payments
  • dealing with correspondence
  • reporting changes in claimant's circumstances
  • repaying any overpayments

An Appointee only has the authority to deal with benefits and not any other contracts.  This means an Appointee cannot sign tenancy or care agreements.

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