(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
cost of an urn
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.