Welfare funerals

When someone dies it can be a very distressing time for those arranging a funeral, especially if there are concerns about how the funeral is to be paid for. There is help available to assist with paying for a funeral and it is important that this is discussed with the Funeral Director during the arrangements, for once a contract with a Funeral Director has been entered the Applicant will be responsible for paying their costs.

If someone is receiving certain benefits, they may be entitled to a funeral payment from the Social Fund. These could be:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit

Further information about funeral payments, including an application form, can be found on the Direct Gov website.