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1. Dear Debby, essentially, what you need to do is to make an application to the Court of Protection to have a Deputy appointed to manage your aunt's affairs generally and her financial affairs, in particular. Once a Deputy is appointed, they will have power to access your aunt's bank account and to discharge any monies owing to the Council, or to anyone else.
2. A Deputy is essentially someone appointed to make decisions on the part of someone else. A Deputy as to financial affairs is specifically given power to handle the financial affairs of the person who is subject to the Deputyship order. Here is a link to the UK Government website which sets out the process of applying to become a Deputy. https://www.gov.uk/courts-tribunals/court-of-protection
3. Someone within your extended family will have to agree to act as Deputy in relation to your aunt. I would suggest someone who is good with money and who would also be able to make decisions in relation to her care. A Deputy can deal with issues such as consent to treatment and where your aunt should receive this care.
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