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Assistance With Funeral Costs

By: Beth Morrisey MLIS - Updated: 16 Oct 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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It is often a surprise to people how expensive funerals can become. Though the ultimate price will depend upon a variety of options upwards of £2,000 is not entirely uncommon to pay for a full funeral and burial (or cremation). Some people choose to pre-pay for their funerals so that they do not leave a financial burden for their family members, but sometimes family members are caught unaware and must cover the cost themselves then wait to see if they can be reimbursed from the deceased’s estate. For individuals on low incomes, this extra cost can be catastrophic. A one-off Funeral Payment from the Social Fund may be available to help low-income families cope with these expenses.

Funeral Payment

A one-off Funeral Payment may be available to help with funeral costs if the person who has applied for the payment meets certain criteria. The criteria will take into account the applicant’s existing benefits, his or her relationship to the deceased and the presence or absence of funds to pay for the funeral independently. In general, individuals who receive (or have partners who receive) Income Support, (income-based) Jobseeker’s Allowance, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, some forms of Working Tax Credit, or some higher rates of Child Tax Credit may be eligible to receive a one-off Funeral Payment from the Social Fund. However, these individuals will likely need to be either the spouse or civil partner of the deceased, the parent or guardian of the deceased, or a friend or relative so close to the deceased that it is reasonable that (s)he has accepted the responsibility of organising the funeral. The applicant will also need to confirm that the death occurred in the UK and that the funeral will take place in the UK in order to be considered for Funeral Payment.

Claiming Funeral Payment

Applications for Funeral Payment must be made via the Funeral Payment claim form which is available at every local Jobcentre Plus and/or social security office. This application may be made from the date of death but within three months of the death. If a claim is approved, the Funeral Payment will most likely cover all burial or cremation fees, as well as up to £700 for further funeral expenses such as the cost of a funeral director, coffin and/or flowers. These extras will only be covered, however, if any pre-paid funeral plans do not already cover them. Funeral Payment will most likely be issued via cheque to the applicant, though in the funeral director’s name. If an application for Funeral Payment is denied, or the applicant feels that it has been incorrectly calculated, then (s)he may appeal the decision. If (s)he is still unhappy with the outcome of the appeal, (s)he may then appeal to an Appeal Tribunal for further consideration.

Repaying Funeral Payment

Though Funeral Payment may be approved in certain cases, any payment made must be repaid if the deceased’s estate can cover it. This estate includes any property or other assets, as well as money saved, owed by or owed to the deceased. It does not, however, necessarily include any personal items that the deceased left to family or friends. The Social Fund will contact the person in charge of the funeral or executing/administering the estate after a Funeral Payment has been made to discuss the estate and repayment of funeral costs to the Social Fund.

The cost of a funeral with burial or cremation can be high, and many low income families are unable to cover these costs. Funeral Payment from the Social Fund can help qualifying families cover these costs. More information about Funeral Payment is available from all local Jobcentre Plus offices as well as social service offices.

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Gilly - Your Question:
Mum died recently were short 500.00 pounds after everything paid out, I'm a pensioner and so is my husband are we entitled to any help from the goverment

Our Response:
This will depend upon whether your eligibile for funeral payment - take a look here
FacingBereavement - 17-Oct-17 @ 11:16 AM
Mum died recently were short 500.00 pounds after everything paid out, I'm a pensioner and so is my husband are we entitled to any help from the goverment
Gilly - 16-Oct-17 @ 11:51 AM
I lost my hubby to be on the 6.7.2017 I had to get help to pay for it but it did not cover it as the benefits only pay half of it n still need 113,000 to finish paying for as I am on benefits tooI have no one to help to finish off paying n the ashs still need to be do yet is there any more help out there plzs as I would love to now so I can lay Ron to rest with is mum n dad Ron was only 66 when he passed away at home n I am still finding it hard I missing him like mad I just cry all the time n can't eat
Babygirl - 17-Sep-17 @ 9:18 PM
DK - Your Question:
I lost my mum 3 years ago very suddenly, I claimed for the funeral payment which didn't cover the funeral costs. At the time there wasn't any funds left to bury mums ashes and to this day I still have them, I feel that the time is now right to lay her to rest but the costs are going to be over £1000! I'm on benefits including severe disability premium, is there any extra help that I can apply for to help with the cost? Thankyou

Our Response:
Wwe don't know of any specific grants for this, especially as you have already claimed funeral allowance. You could try asking at your local council or check out the Turn2 Us grants search facility
FacingBereavement - 11-Sep-17 @ 12:23 PM
I lost my mum 3 years ago very suddenly, I claimed for the funeral payment which didn't cover the funeral costs. At the time there wasn't any funds left to bury mums ashes and to this day I still have them, I feel that the time is now right to lay her to rest but the costs are going to be over £1000! I'm on benefits including severe disability premium, is there any extra help that I can apply for to help with the cost? Thankyou
DK - 9-Sep-17 @ 10:14 AM
Mum passed away 12/8/17. I am next of kin but not receiving any benefits but also not working, I have a sibling that is also not working nor on benefits as he is a student. We have both been told we are not eligible for help. I live with my partner who works but does not earn enough to pay for us both to live and then pay for a funeral too. Surely there is some sort of help for me or my brother? What do I do?
Missljg - 6-Sep-17 @ 6:29 PM
My mum died unexpectedly me and my siblings applied for a bereavement payment as we are unable to raise the money to pay for her funeral my 2 younger siblings are on a zero hour contract I receive pip my older brother is on benefits yet we have been refused help due to my siblings are working yet they don't earn much due to the zero hour contract can we appeal the outcome
scatty - 31-Aug-17 @ 6:00 PM
hi my mother passed away last year and im struggerling to her a headatone could i have some help please
love.your.mother - 22-Aug-17 @ 3:33 PM
Eddie - Your Question:
Hi my brother in law has to bury a man who was raised by his mum and dad now both deceased he is not a true brother or blood related or adopted or fostered he's been told he's not allowed any payment to help with funeral costs is this true or can he get a grant to bury him thankyou Eddie

Our Response:
The rules for funeral payment would mean he isn't eligible, but it might be worth popping along to Citizens' Advice or trying the Turn 2 Us website to see if there is any other means of help.
FacingBereavement - 15-Aug-17 @ 2:01 PM
Bags - Your Question:
My partner of 32 years passes away and I'm being told that I'm not entitled to the funeral costs even though I'm ON dla please help

Our Response:
You can find out about eligibility for funeral payment here... we don't have enough information about your circumstances to tell you whether or not you should receive this or not.
FacingBereavement - 14-Aug-17 @ 2:37 PM
Hi my brother in law has to bury a man who was raised by his mum and dad now both deceased he is not a true brother or blood related or adopted or fostered he's been told he's not allowed any payment to help with funeral costs is this true or can he get a grant to bury him thankyou Eddie
Eddie - 13-Aug-17 @ 9:19 PM
My partner of 32 years passes away and I'm being told that I'm not entitled to the funeral costs even though I'm ON dlaplease help
Bags - 12-Aug-17 @ 12:17 PM
My mother died last year Febuary 3th after suffering from a stomach disease for about 8 months. We used all we had for her hospital bills. she was discharged becuase the disease kept changing. 2 weeks after her discharged, she died. Our family elders says we should bring 30,000 ghana cedis which is 6000 US dollars and thay will help us with the funeral burial.We are 4, and with no job. Our mom's body is stock at the for over a year. Please can there be any help? Thank you.
Nana - 30-Apr-17 @ 2:18 PM
Kat - Your Question:
I need some advice ASAP my sister has just lost her daughter and she has no income at all she has no money at all to get her daughter to the chapel of rest the undertaker has said he needs £900 upfront which she doesn't have it is breaking her heart at the thought of her being in the morgue has anyone got any advice for her please ASAP thank you

Our Response:
She should apply for a Funeral Payment or Bereavement Support Payment
FacingBereavement - 27-Apr-17 @ 11:04 AM
I need some advice ASAP my sister has just lost her daughter and she has no income at all she has no money at all to get her daughter to the chapel of rest the undertaker has said he needs £900 upfront which she doesn't have it is breaking her heart at the thought of her being in the morgue has anyone got any advice for her please ASAP thank you
Kat - 25-Apr-17 @ 9:24 PM
saz - Your Question:
Hi I really need some help my grandfather has just passed the funeral is next Thursday and we thought his funeral was covered but it turns out its not. my nan is not a well woman and all the savings they had they had to use due to the fact a few months back their daughter passed away and they had to pay for all her funeral. That was hard enough for them and now my nan has also lost her husband and with no money has to pay for his funeral as well we really need help.

Our Response:
Has the funeral director not asked you about payment etc? It seems strange to be thinking about this at this late stage. Try :
Funeral Payments
or
Bereavement Allowance
FacingBereavement - 6-Apr-17 @ 12:24 PM
hi i really need some help my grandfather has just passed the funeral is next Thursday and we thought his funeral was covered but it turns out its not. my nan is not a well woman and all the savings they had they had to use due to the fact a few months back their daughter passed away and they had to pay for all her funeral. That was hard enough for them and now my nan has also lost her husband and with no money has to pay for his funeral as well we really need help.
saz - 5-Apr-17 @ 11:49 AM
Hi my dad passed away on the 13/2/17 and we r having trouble getting the money from dwp(job centre) and we have got no other way Adlut social services won't even help what do we do any suggestions
Trouble 09 - 9-Mar-17 @ 3:35 PM
hi my dad died 23 dec 16 we had the funeral on the 18 jan 17 but we can't afford to bury his ashes in Felixstowe can I get any help with this?
yeti - 5-Mar-17 @ 11:36 AM
Hi British gas help with funeral payments.
Z - 25-Feb-17 @ 10:23 PM
Hi I'm an 18 year old full time university student my mum died suddenly on the 7th febuary, the government are refusing to help me out because I don't claim any benifits is there any other way or organisation that can help me please.
Jade - 20-Feb-17 @ 8:39 AM
Good afternoon My grandmother has just past away on 28th ofJanuary. I would like to ask what support can I get for funeral cost asi was not wasn't expecting her death. So I would need some help with cost by friday 3rdof Feb.
Kacenka_xx - 31-Jan-17 @ 5:40 PM
DHood - Your Question:
My mum has just died and I am confused as to any help I may receive towards funeral expenses. I was in receipt of carers allowance and have looked after her for the last 6 years. I have no other personal income and my mum left nothing. My husband does work but all his money goes towards normal household expenses. Can I get any help?

Our Response:
Here are the details of eligibilty requirements for the funeral allowance payment
FacingBereavement - 10-Jan-17 @ 12:13 PM
My mum has just died and I am confused as to any help I may receive towards funeral expenses. I was in receipt of carers allowance and have looked after her for the last 6 years. I have no other personal income and my mum left nothing. My husband does work but all his money goes towards normal household expenses. Can I get any help?
DHood - 9-Jan-17 @ 12:37 PM
Milly - Your Question:
My son died suddenly aged 56 I used my savings £1800 the funeral is 4700 I rang income support she said I wouldn't get help because I gave the undertaker the 1800 I'm on pension credits and my son was on disability. I don't know what I'm going to do

Our Response:
The government funeral payment usually helps pay for:
"burial fees and exclusive rights to burial in a particular plot cremation fees, including the cost of the doctor’s certificate. Up to £700 for funeral expenses, such as funeral director’s fees, flowers, coffin, travel to arrange or go to the funeral the costs for moving the body within the UK - but only for the part of the journey that’s over 50 miles"
Speak to the funeral director and see if there is a way to reduce the costs. They will also be able to help you with details of organisations you can turn to for financial advice/assistance. Some funeral directors also offer payment plans. You might be able to get a one off payment from another charitable organisation. Take a look at the Turn2Us website
FacingBereavement - 8-Dec-16 @ 12:02 PM
My son died suddenly aged 56 I used my savings £1800 the funeral is 4700 I rang income supportshe said I wouldn't get help because I gave the undertaker the 1800 I'm on pension credits and my son was on disability. I don't know what I'm going to do
Milly - 5-Dec-16 @ 2:20 PM
AR - Your Question:
My mum had a prepaid funeral plan which paid for her cremation funeralI am on Esa is there anything I can claim back towards further costs

Our Response:
You may be entitled to a Funeral Payment (see here) from the government. This is sometimes a loan that has to be paid back from the estate.
FacingBereavement - 24-Nov-16 @ 2:38 PM
My mum had a prepaid funeral plan which paid for her cremation funeral I am on Esa is there anything I can claim back towards further costs
AR - 23-Nov-16 @ 11:06 PM
Kyle - Your Question:
Hi, I'm not sure who I am writing but it has helped me a little just to write. My 2 yr old daughter, Alexis, drowned in my parents pool last year. I was not present at the accident. This has trully been the most difficult time of my life. The pain is unreal. The 1st several months after the death, was hard to get through the day. I ended up quiting my job and finding myself alone in my house absolutly miserable.my father and I have gotten through this the best we can taking things second by second and day by day, but my mother unfortunately was in a depression she could not get out of. She blamed herself for the drowning of my daughter and I dont know why. My mom died 2 weeks ago from ill depression. once again, losing my 2 year old daughter was hard enough and now my mom passed away.Her, Brenda Wenning and my father Larry, have raised 6 extra foster care siblings after raising us 6 biological children and ended up adopting all 6. My parents are trully blessed and my dad is lost with bills. We need help with funeral bills or anything for a smile. Thank you for listening. please help. Im financially unstable at this time.

Our Response:
First see if you're eligible for any bereavement payments here. Also try the bereavement charities like CRUSE
FacingBereavement - 24-Oct-16 @ 11:47 AM
Hi, I'm not sure who I am writing but it has helped me a little just to write. My 2 yr old daughter, Alexis, drowned in my parents pool last year. I was not present at the accident. This has trully been the most difficult time of my life. The pain is unreal. The 1st several months after the death, was hard to get through the day. I ended up quiting my job and finding myself alone in my house absolutly miserable...my father and I have gotten through this the best we can taking things second by second and day by day, but my mother unfortunately was in a depression she could not get out of. She blamed herself for the drowning of my daughter and i dont know why. My mom died 2 weeks ago from ill depression. once again, losing my 2 year old daughter was hard enough and now my mom passed away.Her, Brenda Wenning and my father Larry, have raised 6 extra foster care siblings after raising us 6 biological children and ended up adopting all 6. My parents are trully blessed and my dad is lost with bills. We need help with funeral bills or anything for a smile. Thank you for listening. please help. Im financially unstable at this time.
Kyle - 22-Oct-16 @ 12:43 PM
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