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Direct Payment surplus - Carers UK Forum

Direct Payment surplus

All about money
In 2011 my daughter started receiving direct payment from council to support assistants. A small number of hours per week was specifically allocated for respite and holidays.
several years on that money has accumulated now the council want it back but my view is the respite was never taken therefore that's what it is for. Who' s right?
Hi Neil.

An old thread ... consensus is the LA can reclaim surplus :

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/support- ... -back-8636

Also , same question posed on the MoneySaving Expert forum :

https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/sh ... ?t=1021027

( Both contain forum members views ... NOT a definite answer from an expert ! )

For a definitive answer , either the CAB or the CUK Avice team ( best by email ) ... contact details follow :

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/support- ... line-24147
Hi Neil,
is this the first time the council have audited the DPs since allocating them?!

I understand your reasoning, but suspect your LA will have a policy on what happens on with unspent money - it is usual to have to pay it back. Do a google search or ask your LA for a copy of their policy on this to be sure. If they don't have one, then you have grounds to challenge them over it.

Melly1

bump Chris!
Mileage will vary but I've always known the money to go back into the pot/them to take it back.

Its to encourage us to use it or lose it