The rules on appointees for universal credit are set out in the Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance (Claims and Payments) Regulations 2013 (SI.No.380/2013).

NB: See below for equivalent legislation in Northern Ireland.

Conditions for appointeeship

Regulation 57 of SI.No.380/2013

Sets out the conditions to be met for the Secretary of State to appoint someone to act on behalf of a claimant and when an appointeeship comes to an end.

Regulation 58 of SI.No.380/2013

Provides the power to pay universal credit to someone else if it appears to be in the interests of the claimant, their partner, a child or children they are responsible for or a severely disabled person they care for.

In Northern Ireland, SR.No.220/2016 makes provision in relation to payments that is largely equivalent to that in Great Britain.

Further explanation of the legislation is set out in guidance. Please note, however, guidance is not binding and cannot override the legislation.

Advice for decision making

Chapter B1

Paragraphs B1171 and B1172 provide guidance to decision makers on appointees and payment to another person.

DWP guidance from

Appointees, Personal Acting Bodies and Corporate Acting Bodies

Provides guidance on eligibility rules for becoming an appointee and the responsibilities of the role.

Case law​ provides further interpretation of the legislation and establishes legal precedent.

We’re not aware of any case law relating to this issue.