People who are on a low income may be able to claim from the Social Fund for a contribution towards the cost of a funeral. To be able to get a funeral payment depends on the benefits or tax credits you're getting, your relationship with the person who has died and any other money, other than your personal savings that may be available to help with the cost of the funeral. The amount awarded by the Department of Work and Pensions is never the full cost of a funeral and the person who has made the funeral arrangements is responsible for ensuring the remaining outstanding balance is paid.
You may be eligible for assistance towards the cost of a funeral if you are receiving one of the following benefits:
• Income Support
• Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance
• Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
• Council Tax Benefit
• Housing Benefit
• Pension Credit
• Working Tax Credit Which Includes a Disability or Severe Disability Element
• Child tax Credit at a Higher Rate than the Family Element
If you feel you are eligible to make a claim please contact your local Job Centre Plus or www.direct.gov.uk. for further information. All claims must be made within 3 months after death.