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The ‘benefits’ in deputyship standards

Following the introduction of new standards, professional deputies must get up to speed to navigate the entitlements minefield, writes Stewart Stretton-Hill

31 May 2016

In July 2015 the Office of
the Public Guardian (OPG) published a set of standards that apply to all professional deputies in Court of Protection work. The new standards, as the OPG states, set out 'what is expected of professional deputies [to identify] where deputies are falling short'. Similar issues arise and standards apply for any client whose affairs are handled under a lasting power of attorney
(LPA) or enduring power of attorney (EPA).

The standards highlight the importance of having proper knowledge of state benefits:

'1a (4) Identify, review, and secure all benefits the client may be entitled to…

1b (2) Ensure that staff hold skills and knowledge of benefits through regular training and updates (including criteria for eligibility and how to apply)...

4 (5) Ensure the deputy and all members of staff delegated ...

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