People who are on a low income may be able to apply for a Funeral Support Payment which is 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 Social Security Scotland 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 (IS)
• Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
• Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
• Disability or Severe Disability Element of Working Tax Credit
• Housing Benefit (HB)
• Pension Credit (PC)
• Universal Credit (UC)
• Child Tax Credit (CTC)
People will be able to apply online: www.mygov.scot/funeral-support-payment or by contacting the Freephone helpline 0800 182 2222. The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.