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Crowdfunding for money to help with treatment?

ub40worker
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Hi all,

Just had a query from a client who wants to fundraise for future medical treatment- which is going to be private. He is on means tested benefit (CB ESA with a top up of IR ESA).

The client wants to know if this would be treated as income or capital for means tested benefits purposes?

Ta

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I can’t see anything covering this in the DRH or CPAG? Please let me know if I am mistaken and if so direct us ta.

Paul_Treloar_AgeUK
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Unless it’s something that is explicitly disregarded in the regs, then I’d imagine it’s going to be taken into account as capital.

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If he can show that he was given the money specifically for that purpose and would have to return it if not used in that way then it can be disregarded - CPAG p481 2nd bullet point.  I guess it depends how the crowdfunding is structured, would he have an agreement with each funder regarding what they are giving him the money for and what happens eg if the treatment doesn’t happen?

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Jane O-P - 11 February 2019 02:25 PM

If he can show that he was given the money specifically for that purpose and would have to return it if not used in that way then it can be disregarded - CPAG p481 2nd bullet point.  I guess it depends how the crowdfunding is structured, would he have an agreement with each funder regarding what they are giving him the money for and what happens eg if the treatment doesn’t happen?

Thanks Jane.