Can a high-functioning autistic man with a mental health issues mother who is pocketing his UC money and has blocked him on all devices since mid December be removed as her appointee? | LawHive - Solicitors & Lawyers Online
Can a high-functioning autistic man with a mental health issues mother who is pocketing his UC money and has blocked him on all devices since mid December be removed as her appointee?
Hi. I am currently trying to help a young man. He is high functioning autistic. His mother who has significant mental health issues has opened a UC claim for him and put herself as his appointee. She has now blocked him on all devices since mid December and not been in touch with him and has been pocketing his UC money. He has tried to speak to UC but they are adamant they cannot remove her as his appointee. She has also send the police to his house twice one for a welfare check. Mum also receives benefits because she cannot look after her own finances but somehow she is now in charge of his. She has said she will relinquish the appointee ship if a suitable person is found but so far she has rejected everyone and reported them to the police/social services that they want to take advantage of her son. Is there anything he can do to take her off it.

Anonymous

8th April 2022

Top Answer
NQ, I read something similar recently on a Uc page. From memory, this is fraud. She cannot keep the money that he is awarded. It might be better to post this on a UC page as there are people on them who understand this complex system and how it works with vulnerabilities and appointees.

Steven Laura

8th April 2022

2 upvotes

NQ. Report to social services for financial abuse and ask if the council can be his appointee.

Cheryl Warfield

8th April 2022

+3

6 upvotes

Civil Servant - If the appointee has misspent the claimant’s money, oddly enough this is not fraud under the social security legislation. However, offences that constitute theft may have been committed and these are a police matter. I would contact adult social services and/or CAB asking for their assistance in this matter and also contact the police and obtain a crime reference number. They should also investigate.

Brian Cook

8th April 2022

Legal exec - does he have capacity to manage his own affairs? I.e does he need an appointee?

Jeffrey Grove

8th April 2022

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