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Money issues

What if I can't pay the bills?

It can be stressful enough, worrying about a family member in Intensive Care, without the added stress of worrying about money and how you're going to pay the bills. This is especially true if your loved usually dealt with money issues, if either of you are self employed or you need to take a lot of time off work in order to visit him or her or to look after children.

Can I get access to his or her bank account?

You may need access to your family member's bank account in order to make sure that all your bills are being paid.If you contact the bank and explain the situation, you may be granted temporary control of his or her account.You will normally have to fill in some forms and show them some identification.

The following weblink will take you to some guidance from the British Banking Association. Please note that this information applies to Scotland only: https://www.bba.org.uk/publication/leaflets/banking-for-people-who-lack-capacity-to-make-decisions-scotland/

The following weblink will take you to some guidance from the British Banking Association. Please note that this information applies to England and Wales:  https://www.bba.org.uk/publication/leaflets/4162-2/

Am I eligible for any support or financial help?

There are many different kinds of financial help to which you might be entitled. There are very often specific criteria that you might need to meet. The following weblink has some useful up to date advice that you might find helpful: https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits