To get a Funeral Payment you must be responsible for the funeral and:
- claim in time
- get certain benefits or tax credits
- meet the rules on your relationship with the deceased
The rules are different if the person died outside the UK.
When to claim
You must apply within 3 months of the funeral. You can make a claim even if you’re waiting for a decision on a qualifying benefit.
Rules on your relationship with the deceased
You must be one of the following:
- the partner of the deceased when they died
- a close relative or close friend of the deceased
- the parent of a baby stillborn after 24 weeks of pregnancy
- the parent of the deceased child, if they were under 16 (or under 20 and not in full-time education)
If the parent is ‘absent’, you must be responsible for the child and the absent parent must get a qualifying benefit.
Benefits and tax credits
You (or your partner) must get one of:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Pension Credit
- Housing Benefit
- the disability or severe disability element of Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
How much you get also depends on any other money available, eg from an insurance policy or the deceased’s estate.
If there’s a close relative of the deceased who isn’t getting one of the qualifying benefits you may not be able to claim Funeral Payment.
If you don’t qualify for a Funeral Payment
You may be able to get help with the cost of a funeral in other ways, such as by using money from the deceased’s bank account.