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Power of attorney and building society issues affecting his allowance

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ABLUEBOY
ABLUEBOY Community member Posts: 1 Listener
My son is 23 and severely autistic, we put some money away for  him in a building society but lost the details, we have since found the details and declared it to the taxman, which takes him over the limit on his funds and has affected his allowance. We have been trying to get the building society to release the funds for two years, but keep going around in circles asking for Power of Attorney. They said that if we opened a bank account ( which my wife did ,a joint account with my son and my wife's name) only to be told again that Power of Attorney is needed. We have been promised call backs to help with the problems and they never replied. My wife is his appointee with the Works and Pensions and she has sent all such documentation to the BS, but to no avail and she is now at her wits end and find it difficult to progress this matter.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

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  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Community member Posts: 7,935 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @ABLUEBOY welcome to the community!

    Sorry to hear your current situation. Unfortunately I am unsure how to advise however there are very knowledgeable members in the community who wil be in contact with you soon to advise you.

    Please let us know if there is anything else that we can help you with! :)
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • Sam_Alumni
    Sam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,665 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @ABLUEBOY
    We have this information on the Scope website:

    A lasting power of attorney is a legal document that lets you appoint people to make decisions on your behalf if you became unable to make your own decisions.

    You must be 18 or over and have the ability to make your own decisions when you make your lasting power of attorney. If you do not have mental capacity you may need a court-appointed deputy.

    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • atlas46
    atlas46 Community member Posts: 826 Pioneering
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    Hi

    Can I please ask some questions, before responding to your post.

    Who opened your son's BS, in the first place?

    What "allowance" will be affected by this BS account?

    Not sure why you had to inform taxman, as tax is paid at source by all BS?

    Is your son on any means tested benefits?

    As your wife is the appointee, has she discussed it with DWP?
  • topshoes
    topshoes Community member Posts: 442 Pioneering
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    @ABLUEBOY i  think some how you need to see a solicitor about all this ,take every bit of paper work with you and need to tell them every think. 
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