Trust income and gains: vulnerable beneficiaries - definition of a disabled person - receipt of DWP allowances
Attendance allowance and disability living allowance are paid by the Department for Work and Pensions. It is that department which assesses an applicant’s eligibility for these allowances.
However the legislation provides that in certain circumstances a person who stops receiving attendance or disability living allowance may still qualify as a vulnerable person.
If the sole reason that the person is no longer in receipt of the relevant allowance is that they:
- have been admitted into certain types of care,
- have certain accommodation provided (generally speaking where the cost is wholly or partly paid out of public or local funds) or
- is receiving hospital treatment for renal failure,
they will continue to qualify as a vulnerable person for the purposes of this special tax treatment.
On the other hand, where someone has received an allowance in the past but has recovered sufficiently so as to be no longer entitled to it, they will no longer qualify as a vulnerable person.