Funeral Payments

If you are on a low income and need help arranging the funeral you could get a Funeral Payment from the Social Fund. But you may have to repay some or all of it back from the estate of the person who died.

To qualify for a Funeral Payment you or your partner (your spouse/civil partner or person you live with as if you were married/civil partners) must get one of the following benefits or tax credits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Benefit (or the Council Tax payer where you live gets a Second Adult Rebate because you are on a low income)
  • Working Tax Credit which includes a disability or severe disability element
  • One of the extra elements of Child Tax Credit .

You must also be either the partner, parent, close relative or close friend of the deceased when they died.

A Funeral Payment can cover necessary burial or cremation fees, certain other expenses and up to £700 for any other funeral expenses such as the funeral director's fees or a coffin.

You can claim a Funeral Payment from the date of death and up to 3 months after the date of the funeral.

There is no effect on other benefits from having a Funeral Payment.

There are also other types of Bereavement benefits available. For more information on these as well as Funeral Payments please visit the GOV.UK website.

Page last updated: 19/01/2017