Help with Funeral Costs

We recognise that many families will require help with funeral costs. You may be able to apply for a Funeral Payment from the Social Fund. Introduced in 1988 the Social Fund Funeral payment is designed to support those who struggle to find the money to pay for a funeral by providing a contribution towards the cost. This contribution however can leave a substantial shortfall between the contribution awarded and the amount needed to meet the cost of a funeral.
A new report into the Social Fund Funeral Payment system has found that ‘funeral poverty’ is 50% higher than it was just three years ago. The report also found that only 55% (54.3% in 2012-2013) of claimants were successful in receiving a payment. The average award for successful claimants was £1,225. (reference – Funeral service journal ‘FSJ’ March 2014 Vol 129 No 3 ISSN 0016-2809
To address this problem we are committed to offering a simple funeral to all families, not only those applying for help from the social fund. The Simple funeral is available at an inclusive price of £2,200. We are only able to provide the simple funeral at this price if full cleared payment is made upon the arrangements being finalised, and at least 72 hours prior to the funeral taking place.
Please note that even those successfully receiving the maximum payment from the Social Fund would have at least a £780 shortfall to meet. If you make the arrangements for a funeral, you will be liable for the costs incurred, so it is very important to consider this before you start. We are happy to provide advice and an informal chat before you make your decision.