LONDON: You could get a Funeral Expenses Payment (also called a Funeral Payment) if you get certain benefits and need help to pay for a funeral you’re arranging. Your Funeral Expenses Payment will be deducted from any money you get from the deceased’s estate.
The estate includes any money or property they had but not a house or personal things left to a widow, widower or surviving civil partner.
Funeral Expenses Payment can help pay for some of the costs of the following: Burial fees for a particular plot cremation fees, including the cost of the doctor’s certificate travel to arrange or go to the funeral the cost of moving the body within the UK, if it’s being moved more than 50 miles death certificates or other documents
You can also get money for any other funeral expenses, such as funeral director’s fees, flowers or the coffin. You can get up to:
- £700 if the person died before 8 April 2020
- £1,000 if the person died on or after 8 April 2020
The payment will not usually cover all of the costs of the funeral. How much you get depends on your circumstances. This includes any other money that’s available to cover the costs, for example from an insurance policy or the deceased person’s estate.
Funeral Expenses Payment is paid into your bank, building society or credit union account if you’ve already paid for the funeral. The money will be paid directly to the organiser of the funeral (for example, the funeral director) if you have not paid yet.