Funeral Payments

You could get a Funeral Payment if you’re on a low income and need help to pay for a funeral you’re arranging.

How much you get depends on your circumstances and if you qualify.

You’ll usually have to pay back any money you get from the deceased person’s estate (if they have one).

The estate includes any money or property they had but not a house or personal things left to a widow, widower or surviving civil partner.

The Funeral Payment can help 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

If the person who died had a pre-paid funeral plan, you’ll only get help for items not covered by the plan.

To get a Funeral Payment you must be responsible for the funeral and:

  • claim in time
  • get certain benefits or tax credits
  • meet the rules on your relationship with the deceased

The rules are different if the person died outside the UK.

You must apply within 3 months of the funeral. You can make a claim even if you’re waiting for a decision on a qualifying benefit.



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