benefit in kind
I have a claimant with severe disabilities. His mother wants to help him out by paying some of his bills once a year. Would this be classed as benefit in kind and affect his bens? He receives ESA-C and IR. Would this actually need to be declared?
Ignore me. It can’t be benefit in kind as he doesn’t work. Doh!
I think this should be treated as a regular (annual in this case) voluntary payment and as such disregarded as income or capital. I would declare it though and try and give the decision maker a steer on how it should be treated (Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2008 Sch 8 para 16).