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Funeral Payments

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what definition his Department uses of respectful funeral, as referred to in his Department’s technical guidance SB16; (253655)

(2) what expenses can be claimed by benefit claimants under Other Funeral Expenses as referred to in his Department’s technical guidance SB16.

There is no definition of a respectful funeral within the departmental guidance or in the legislation relating to funeral payments from the Social Fund. The person responsible for arranging the funeral may claim for items or services including:

the funeral director’s fees

church fee or minister’s fee

organist’s fee


cost of an urn

hygienic treatment.

This is not a complete list of items and services that may be claimed under “other funeral expenses”. A decision maker can award the necessary cost of certain specified items, including burial or cremation charges, in addition to an amount up to a limit of £700 for all other funeral expenses.