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