I became my sister's appointee after my mother passed away. My sister has learning difficulties and is unable to manage her own affairs. Her income is her benefits. My sister does not live with me but in a care home. Whilst my mother was in hospital my sister had to go into alternative accommodation which her local council handled. Due to lack of space they placed my sister in respite home which cost considerably more than a normal care home. This was 3/4 years ago now. The council have sent me a outstanding invoice which they require to be paid for such respite care. It is addressed to me as appointee for my sister. They say that if the invoice is not paid they will instruct debt recovery agents, issue proceedings and claim costs and interest. Do I/we have any defence or should I offer on behalf of my sister, a minimum amount each month to repay the debt?
I have checked and my sister has approximately £10,000 in her building society. She has no other assets.
My recollection is that Ann received her disability living allowance during this period but no other claims were made for benefit during the time she was at the home. My mother used to get attendance allowance which stopped when she passed away. Ann may have also received housing benefit which went towards part payment for her stay at the home but as the home was considered private, the extra cost they are saying should be paid by my sister.
No explanation - they just me an outstanding invoice notification requesting payment followed by a letter saying that non-payment would lead to possible proceedings via agents