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Social Security Benefits: Chronically Sick

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department provides financial support to terminally ill people without an estate, next of kin or life insurance, to assist them in making personal arrangements for their funerals. (160433)

The Department does not provide financial support to people to assist them in making arrangements for their own funerals.

However, where someone has died and there are insufficient funds available for the burial or cremation, help may be available to a third party through the social fund. 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.