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Appointeeship and Deputyship

What does an Appointee and a Deputy do?

If you do not have the capacity to manage your finances an Appointee will arrange to receive your state benefits and pay your bills. This includes opening a bank account in your name and managing your finances by ensuring that you get the correct benefits and paying daily living bills using your money.

For further information about becoming an Appointee please visit www.gov.uk/become-appointee-for-someone-claiming-benefits

A Deputyship requires an application to the Court of Protection. A Deputyship application is to be made if the person has savings, has their own income such as an occupational pension or owns a property.

For further information on becoming a Deputy visit www.gov.uk/become-deputy

Department for Work and Pensions

An Appointee will arrange to receive your state benefits and pay your bills. This includes opening a bank account in your name and managing your finances by ensuring that you get the correct benefits and paying daily living bills using your money.

A relative, friend or associate can apply to Department of Work and Pensions to become your Appointee. For more information on becoming an Appointee for someone claiming benefits visit www.gov.uk/become-appointee-for-someone-claiming-benefits

Who you phone to apply to depends on the benefit:

 Attendance Allowance  Attendance Allowance Helpline

 Phone: 0345 605 6055
 Textphone: 0345 604 5312
Monday to Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm

 State Pension  Pension Centre

 Telephone: 0800 731 7898
 Textphone: 0800 731 7339
 Welsh language: 0800 731 7936
 Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm
 (except public holidays)

 Personal Independence
 Payment (PIP)
 Personal Independence
 Payment Helpline

 Phone: 0800 917 2222
 Textphone: 0800 917 7777
 Calling from abroad: +44 191 218 7766
 Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

 Universal Credit  Jobcentre Plus  Website: www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit
 Tax Credits  Tax Credits helpline

 Phone: 0345 300 3900
 Textphone: 0345 300 3909

 All other benefits  Jobcentre Plus  Phone: 0800 055 6688

Trafford Council

It may be possible for the Council to administer your finances and become your Appointee or Deputy if you do not have the capacity to manage your finances and:

  • you are receiving social care services such as home care, day care or a support worker
  • you live in a residential or nursing home care and receive state benefits.

The Council may be able to act as your appointee if you have no friends or relatives to act on your behalf.

If you want the Council to become your appointee then please speak to the person who provides or arranges your care and they will complete an assessment of your needs.

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