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Benefit claimants to get more cash for funeral costs

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Written by: Emma Lunn
05/11/2019
The maximum amount available through Funeral Expenses Payments will increase to £1,000 from Spring 2020.

Funeral Expenses Payments, which are paid to eligible benefit claimants, are being increased for the first time since 2003.

From Spring next year, families grieving the loss of a loved one will receive up to £1,000 to help meet the costs of a funeral. The current cap on claimable expenses such as a coffin, flowers and funeral directors’ fees is £700.

This payment is on top of existing allowances that pay for funeral necessities, such as burial or cremation fees.

Will Quince, minister for welfare delivery, said: “Everyone wants to give their loved ones a dignified send-off, and this money will help pay for the personal touches that enable a family to say goodbye properly.

“Planning a funeral can be incredibly distressing, and this payment will help lighten the financial burden on families during a difficult time.”

This announcement follows changes made earlier in the year to simplify and speed up the process for applying for Funeral Expenses Payments.

Around 800 claims are received each week by the Department for Work and Pensions bereavement support team.

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