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Funeral Expenses Payment

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.

What you’ll get

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 up to £1,000 for any other funeral expenses, such as funeral director’s fees, flowers or the coffin.

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.

Eligibility

You (or your partner) must get one or more of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • The disability or severe disability element of Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

How to claim

Claim by phone by calling the Bereavement Service helpline.

Bereavement Service helpline 0800 731 0469.

You can also claim by post. Download and fill in the claim form (SF200), then send it to the address on the form.

Bereavement Support Payment

What you’ll get

You’ll get a first payment and then up to 18 monthly payments. There are 2 rates.

  • Higher Rate – First Payment £3500 and the 18 monthly payments of £350
  • Lower Rate – First Payment £2500 and the 18 monthly payments of £100

If you get Child Benefit (or if you do not get it but are entitled to it), you’ll get the higher rate.

If you do not get Child Benefit, you’ll get the lower rate unless you were pregnant when your husband, wife or civil partner died.

Eligibility

You may be able to get Bereavement Support Payment (BSP) if your husband, wife or civil partner died in the last 21 months.

You must claim within 3 months of your partner’s death to get the full amount. You can claim up to 21 months after their death but you’ll get fewer monthly payments.

You could be eligible if your partner either:

  • Paid National Insurance contributions for at least 25 weeks in one tax year since 6 April 1975
  • Died because of an accident at work or a disease caused by work

When they died you must have been:

  • Under State Pension age
  • Living in the UK or a country that pays bereavement benefits

How to claim

Apply by phone

Bereavement Service helpline 0800 731 0469.

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