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Funeral Payments

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he next plans to increase funeral payments made by the Social Fund. (86730)

Funeral Payments from the social fund cover the cost of certain necessary charges in full; these include fees levied by burial authorities and crematoria. An additional sum of up to £700 is allowed for other funeral expenses, which give the person arranging the funeral the freedom to select items or services they consider appropriate.

Although there are no plans to make changes to the Funeral Payment scheme at this time the level of help is kept under review.