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Funeral Payments

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support is available to people on low incomes for funeral expenses; and if he will make a statement. (159855)

Funeral payments from the social fund may provide help with funeral expenses to people on a low income where someone has died and there are insufficient funds available for the burial or cremation. The person seeking help must have been awarded a qualifying income-related benefit or tax credit and have good reason for taking responsibility for the funeral arrangements. This is to ensure that available resources go to those who are least well off.