Funeral Costs 2018-09-11T13:55:45+00:00

Funeral Costs.

If you have to arrange a funeral and you or you parent are on a low income. You may be entitled to some help with the funeral costs.

A funeral payment is a one-off, tax-free payment to help cover the necessary costs of a funeral.

This includes:

  • The necessary costs of a cremation, or

  • The cost of reopening a grave and burial costs, or

  • The cost of opening a new grave and burial costs, which includes any ‘exclusive right of burial fee’ (this includes a reclaimed grave), and

  • Certain other expenses such as the cost of the death certificate and certain transport costs, and

  • Up to £700 for any other funeral expenses like funeral director’s fees, a coffin and flowers.

You must claim within 3 months of the date of the funeral.

You or your partner must receive one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Pension Credit

  • Working Tax Credit which includes a disability or severe disability element

  • Child Tax Credit at a rate higher than the family rate

  • Housing Benefit

  • Universal Credit.

It must also be reasonable for you or your partner to pay for the funeral. This means we may need to consider the circumstances of other relatives of the person who has died.

For us to give financial help, the person needs to have been living in the UK when they died, and the funeral usually needs to be held in the UK.

If you are entitled to a Funeral Payment, this will be repaid from the estate of the person who died. Their estate includes money, property and assets that they owned. (Any home that is still lived in by a surviving partner or personal belongings inherited by relatives are not considered as a part of the estate.)