How Are DWP Appointees Assessed?

If you would like to apply to be the appointee for someone you will need to contact the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) first of all. The DWP will arrange for a Visiting Officer to meet with you.

The visit will typically take place at your home or the home of the person you would like to become the appointee for and if the visiting officer is satisfied that the welfare benefit claimant needs an appointee and that you are suitable then they will more than likely complete Form BF56 with you. This is the application form for appointeeship with the DWP.

Once completed, the visiting officer will submit this and the appointeeship application process will start and typically it will take up to 6 weeks before it is put in place. You should receive Form BF57 through the post when the appointeeship and this is confirmation that you are the authorised DWP appointee.

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