Funeral Benefit Advice
A Funeral expenses payment can help to pay for some of the costs of the following. Burial fees, cremation fees, including doctors certificates if issued, travel to arrange or go to the funeral, cost of moving deceased within the U.K, if it's being moved more than 50 miles, death certificates or other documents.
You can also get up to £700 for any other funeral expenses such as funeral directors fees, flowers or the coffin.
The payment will not usually cover all of the costs of the funeral. How much you get depends on your circumstances.
If you are on a low income, and have difficulty paying for the funeral, there are several ways that you may be able to get some financial support.
Everyone deserves a dignified funeral, regardless of their financial situation, and that is our aim. If you will have difficulty paying for the funeral, let us know, we will be able to help and advise. We can help you keep costs to a minimum, whilst ensuring a respectful funeral.
Social fund funeral expenses payment. Notes for child
Social fund funeral payment child claim form.
Social fund funeral expenses payment. Notes for adult claim.
Social fund funeral payment adult claim form.
From April 2017, bereavement benefits changed and the 'Bereavement Support Payment' was introduced.
You may be able to get 'Bereavement Support Payment' if your husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017.
If your husband, wife or civil partner died before 6th April 2017 you may be entitled to;
'Widowed Parent's Allowance' (if you are bringing up children)
'Bereavement Support Payment' wont affect your benefits for a year after your first payment. After a year, payment you have left over could affect the amount of benefit you're eligible for.
You must tell your benefits office (for example, your local Jobcentre plus) when you start getting 'Bereavement Support Payment'. You can apply by completing a form or by telephone.
There are also Budgeting loans available from the Department of Work and Pensions.
You have to have been on certain benefits for six months and there are certain other criteria that have to be met.
Please contact your local Jobcentre Plus or Department of work and pensions for more details.