Financial assistance towards the cost of a funeral that you are arranging might be available, depending upon your circumstances. The following is a guide to eligibility.
The test for eligibilityThe eligibility test for Social Fund assistance toward funeral expenses is not determined by the deceased’s receipt of state benefit, but whether or not the person responsible for the cost of the funeral is in receipt of any benefit.
Eligibility for benefit
A contribution toward the cost of any funeral that you are arranging and paying for might be available if you, or your spouse or partner, receive one or more of the following benefits.... Show more....
Making a claim
When registering the death, the Registrar will, if asked, provide you with a white Certificate of Registration of Death, which is required to claim any Social Fund benefit.... Show more....
Ineligible for assistanceWhere the deceased had no money or assets, and there are no relatives or friends willing or able to accept financial responsibility for the cost of a funeral a very basic cremation must be provided under statute either by the local NHS Trust if the death occurred in hospital, or where the deceased died at home by the Local Authority.
Office of fair trading
Subject to the Office of Fair Trading recommendations, details and prices are available, upon request, of a funeral offering the following.... Show more....