Funeral Payments are available to people who receive certain income-related benefits to help pay for the funeral of an immediate friend or relative.
The government wants to make it clearer who is eligible for a payment and make it easier for people to claim.
Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance Caroline Dinenage said:
We understand what a distressing and difficult time it can be losing a loved one and we want to make the process of claiming a Funeral Payment as simple as possible. That’s why we have looked at a number of improvements to the process and are seeking people’s views on those.
The proposals include:
allowing recipients of a Funeral Expenses Payment to receive contributions from relatives, friends or charities without it being deducted from the payment
extending the claim period from 3 to 6 months from the date of the funeral
allowing applicants to submit evidence electronically to speed up the processing of claims and get decisions to claimants sooner
Funeral Payments can help pay for:
burial fees and exclusive rights of burial in a particular plot
medical certification fees needed for cremations, including the cost of the doctor’s certificate
travel to arrange or go to the funeral
the cost of moving the body within the UK, if it’s being moved more than 50 miles
death certificates or other documents
up to £700 for funeral expenses, such as funeral director’s fees, flowers or the coffin
People in receipt of the following benefits may be eligible for a Funeral Payment:
income-based Jobseekers Allowance
income-based Employment Support Allowance
Working Tax Credit which includes a disability or severe disability element