Reply To: Appointee or Deputy

Alistair Costelloe

There is a difference. A deputy is appointed by the Court of Protection to manage another person’s property and financial affairs, and an appointee is approved by the DWP to manage another person’s benefits.

If the customer’s finances are managed by a deputy, the money in the customer’s account should be treated as if the customer has access to it because the deputy is managing it for them.

If the deputy is withholding access to the customer’s money, this may give rise to a safeguarding concern.