What is it?
- Help towards the cost of a funeral
- Depends on your circumstances, not those of the person who has died
- One-off payment
Can I get it?
Are you or your partner getting:
- Income Support?
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance?
- Housing Benefit?
- Council Tax Benefit?
- Tax Credits?
If YES to one, claim a Funeral Payment
(We use partner to mean a person you are married to or a person you are living with as if you are married to them.)
If you have applied for one of these benefits, but do not know if you will get it, you should still apply for a Funeral Payment.
What else should I know?
Funeral Payments are part of the Social Fund.
You can apply any time after the date the person died and up to three months after the date of the funeral.
It must have been reasonable for you to take responsibility for the costs.
The funeral must usually be in the United Kingdom.
May be affected by any other means of paying for the funeral.
May have to be paid back out of the estate of the person who has died.
How much will I get?
The necessary cost of specified items or services. Plus up to £700* for other funeral expenses. (*amount applies in respect of deaths on or after 7 April 2003)
Contact your Jobcentre Plus office or social security office for more information.
How do I claim?
You can apply any time after the date the person died and up to 3 months after the date of the funeral.
Contact your social security office for a claim form. Look for the Benefits Agency display advert in the business numbers section of the phone book.
It is important that they can be sure of your identity when you make a claim. They may need to ask you about your background and look at any official documents you have to support the information you give.