I am about to apply for universal credit on behalf of my 18 year old son who is severely autistic with severe learning disability, nonverbal and lacks capacity. He is no longer in education, but receiving 12hrs per week direct payment for a PA to take him out and about. I am his appointee.
I have researched the internet for information, there is a lot of support from 'dosh' and citizens advice etc, but there are 2 things I'm unsure about. The first is, in one section of the application you are asked to verify your identity, would that mean me as the appointee or my son as the claimant?
The second area I'm confused with is, my son has a lifelong mental disability which will not improve or change, they ask for a sick note from the doctor with a start and end date to be added to the application, my son will never be able to work or train for work due to severe learning disability , he has the mental age of a 3 year old.
To be honest I cant understand why parents should have to explain all their young adults difficulties again , when we had to jump through hoops to get enhanced rate PIP. Why on earth doesnt the DWP use the PIP assessment as evidence of capability for universal credit, instead of causing unnecessary further stress, especially when it is a lifelong disability.
Thank you for any advice, take care ❤