You can apply for the legal right to deal with the benefits of someone who can't manage their own affairs. This is known as becoming their 'appointee'.
Someone might need an appointee if they're not physically or mentally able to manage their own affairs.
Applying to become an appointee
You can apply to Social Security Scotland to become an appointee.
If you're applying for a Social Security Scotland benefit, you can call to apply over the phone on 0800 182 2222. This number is free.
If you prefer to apply using a paper form, you can download the:
- Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods paper form
- Funeral Support Payment paper form
- Young Carer Grant paper form
Social Security Scotland benefits include Best Start Grant, Best Start Foods, Young Carer Grant and the Funeral Support Payment.
If you apply for a Social Security Scotland benefit and are already acting as an appointee with Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Social Security Scotland will send you a statement to sign and return to confirm that you are happy to act as an appointee for Social Security Scotland.
If you're not someone's appointee for a DWP benefit, Social Security Scotland will arrange a visit with you and the person you want to be an appointee for. This is to confirm they need an appointee.
If you do not need to apply to become an appointee because you already have the legal right to act for someone, such as you're their Guardian or have Power of Attorney, Social Security Scotland may ask to see proof. Social Security Scotland will let you know if you need to send copies of any proof if you're acting for someone else when applying for a benefit.
Applying to Social Security Scotland
If you want to become an appointee when you apply for Best Start Grant, you can do this by:
- calling 0800 182 2222
- if you're filling in the paper form, ticking the box on the paper form that says you'd like to be someone's appointee
You cannot apply to become someone's appointee online.
What you need to do as an appointee
As an appointee you must:
- make sure all details are correct when you apply for a benefit, and make sure that they're kept up to date
- make sure the money you get for someone is spent towards their care or to help them
- tell Social Security Scotland if you want to stop being an appointee
Giving guidance, advice or support to someone
If you're a welfare rights or other organisation, and you're only giving advice and support to someone, you do not need to include your details if you're filling in a paper form. The person you're giving support to must sign the form themselves. If you wish to speak to Social Security Scotland on behalf of someone, that person must give their clear consent for Social Security Scotland to talk to you. The person can do this over the phone.