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Funeral Payments

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward proposals to pay funeral grants to terminally ill people before they die to enable them to plan their own funerals; and if he will make a statement. (270107)

The Department does not provide financial support to people to fund their own funerals. Funeral payments, an element of the social fund, provide help, at the point assistance is required, to people receiving specified income-related benefits or tax credits who are responsible for paying for the funeral of a close friend or relative and who 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.

Although the scheme is kept under review there are no plans to make fundamental changes to the funeral payments scheme to provide advance financial assistance to people for arranging their own funeral.