Help from the Department of Works and pensions is available to help towards the funeral costs, if you are on a low income and receiving certain benefits and tax credits. How much you qualify for depends on your individual circumstances. We understand that arranging the funeral of a loved one is extremely hard from an emotional standpoint – but it can also take its toll on your finances. Funeral expenses are often significant and there isn't always enough money in the deceased’s estate to cover all the costs. If you are struggling to pay funeral costs, you may be eligible for financial support from the government to help you along.
If you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit, the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) may be able to make a payment to help towards the cost of the funeral.
Qualifying benefits include:
If you are eligible, Funeral Expenses Payment can help pay for some of the costs of the following:
You can also get up to £1,000 for any other funeral expenses, such as funeral director’s fees, flowers or the coffin.
The payment will not usually cover all of the costs of the funeral.
At Hayley Owen Funeral Director's, we have the Social Fund application forms readily available and can offer advice and guidance in filling it out correctly. A claim for DWP assistance must be made within six months of the funeral, but it is advisable to make the claim as soon as possible. You can make a claim before the funeral if you’ve got an invoice or signed contract from the funeral director. It cannot be an estimate.
Please note that while we can offer valuable assistance in making a claim, unfortunately, we cannot follow up on any claim on your behalf. Please call the Department of Work and Pensions direct on 0800 151 2012 to ensure that your claim has been received.
You can also download the claim form (SF200) here.