Keeping costs down – Advice from The Natural Death Centre

Information from The Natural Death Centre Website –

Keeping costs down

Help with costs

The cost of a funeral has risen dramatically in recent years. If you or your partner are on a low income and receiving any of the following benefits you may be eligible for a Funeral Payment from the Social Fund:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Cedit

A Funeral Payment from the Social Fund currently covers burial or cremation fees, certain other specified expenses and up to £700 for other expenses such as funeral director fees, a coffin or flowers.

Click here to open the Direct.Gov website for more information about Funeral Payments.

NB Please note that if you are eligible for assistance from the Social Fund and you are choosing to care for the person who has died at home, and making all the arrangements for the funeral yourself, you can make a request to JobCentre Plus that this payment be made directly to you – we would suggest that you ask for information about this payment to be clearly explained to you.

If your husband, wife or civil partner has died, you may be able to get Bereavement Payment, a one-off, lump sum payment that is tax free (currently £2,000)

Click here to open the Direct.Gov website for more information about Bereavement Payments.