My 85 year old mother recieves attendance allowance and pension credit. She is about to recieve approx £2,000 from a will. The Department for Work (DWP) and Pensions asks that she declares any financial change of circumstances. How does she keep them from using this inherited money?
It is not advisable to try and hide anything from the DWP should your mother's circumstances change. This is technically classed as fraud and is illegal. However, attendance allowance is not a means tested benefit so the inheritance will have no bearing.
With regard to the pension credit she has to inform the Pension Service if her situation changes.
If your mother receives Pension Credit and has been awarded an Assessed Income Period (which are usually 5 years long), she doesn't actually need to tell The Pension Service about changes to her:
- savings and investments
- occupational pensions
Plus if she has been awarded an Assessed Income Period, as she is aged over 80 it will not end automatically after 5 years and will only end if one of the following circumstances apply:
- she starts to be treated as a member of a couple
- she stops being treated as a member of a couple
- she goes permanently into a care home
- she temporarily stops getting a pension or annuity, or the amount they get goes down temporarily and she asks for their Pension Credit to be recalculated
- she is no longer entitled to Pension Credit.