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Benefit claimants to be given more help with funeral costs

Financial support for funeral costs will rise by 43% to £1000 from spring 2020.

Families grieving the loss of a loved one will receive up to £1,000 to help meet the costs of a funeral, the Minister for Welfare Delivery has announced.

From spring 2020, the maximum amount families can claim to help meet costs for expenses such as a coffin, flowers and funeral directors’ fees will rise by 43%, from £700 to £1,000.

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

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

Announcing the change, Minister for Welfare Delivery, Will Quince 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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