Help with Funeral Costs.

Help with Funeral Cost

Funeral Payment and Bereavement Payment

Some people are eligible for either a Funeral Payment or Bereavement Payment that can help cover some of the funeral cost.

 

Funeral Payment

If you’re on a low income and need help to pay for a funeral you’re arranging, you may be eligible for a Funeral Payment from the Social Fund. If you or your partner are getting any of the following benefits or tax credits you may get some funding:

 
  • Income Support,
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance,
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance,
  • Pension Credit,
  • Housing Benefit,
  • Council Tax Benefit (or the Council Tax payer where you live gets a Second Adult Rebate because you are on a low income),
  • Working Tax Credit which includes a disability or severe disability element,
  • Child Tax Credit at a rate higher than the family element.
 

To be eligible for a Funeral Payment you must also be either:

  • The partner of the deceased when they died,
  • A close relative or close friend of the deceased (and it is reasonable for you to accept responsibility for the funeral costs),
  • The parent of a baby stillborn after 24 weeks of pregnancy.
 

How benefits are paid

The Funeral Payment will usually be paid directly into our bank account. If our bill has already been paid by yourselves, the Funeral Payment will be made to you.

 

How to claim

Phone the Department of Working Pensions (DWP) on 0845 606 0265 and ask for a form SF200. You can also download the claim form from the DWP website by clicking here.

 
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Bereavement Payment

If your husband, wife or civil partner has died you may be able to get a one-off, lump-sum payment of £2,000 that’s tax-free.

 

Who can claim

You may be able to claim Bereavement Payment if your husband, wife or civil partner had paid their National Insurance contributions (NICs) or their death was caused by their job and either:

 
 

How to claim

Phone the DWP on 0845 604 3719 and ask for a form BB1

You can also download the claim form from the DWP website by clicking here.

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