Financial Assistance

If you require financial assistance you may like to contact one of the following organisations who may be able to help or offer advice:

Children’s Funeral Fund (CFF)

The fees for cremating or burying a child under the age of 18 in England and Wales is now covered by the government. Our funeral director will be able to explain the details to you or you can go to https://www.gov.uk/child-funeral-costs

 

Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)

You might be eligible for financial help from the department of work and pensions through the funeral expenses payment or the bereavement support payment.

Financial Assistance

Funeral Expenses Payment

Eligibility

  • You can get a Funeral Expenses Payment if all of the following apply:
  • You get certain benefits or tax credits
  • You meet the rules on your relationship with the deceased
  • You’re arranging a funeral in the UK (full details of areas covered on website)

 

Benefits and tax credits you must get

You (or your partner) must get one or more of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • The disability or severe disability element of Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

 

Rules on your relationship with the deceased

You must be one of the following:

  • The partner of the deceased when they died
  • A close relative or close friend of the deceased
  • The parent of a baby stillborn after 24 weeks of pregnancy
  • The parent or person responsible for a deceased child who was under 16 (or under 20 and in approved education or training)

You might not get a Funeral Expenses Payment if another close relative of the deceased (such as a sibling or parent) is in work.

 

How to claim

Contact the Bereavement Service helpline, where an adviser will be able to help you:

Telephone: 0800 731 0469

Welsh language: 0800 731 0453

Website: https://www.gov.uk/funeral-payments

 

Bereavement Support Payment

Eligibility

You may be able to get Bereavement Support Payment if your husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017.

You could be eligible if your partner either:

  • Paid National Insurance contributions for at least 25 weeks
  • Died because of an accident at work or a disease caused by work

When they died you must have been:

  • Under State Pension age
  • Living in the UK or a country that pays bereavement benefits

 

How to claim

You can apply using a form or by phone.

Download a Bereavement Support Payment pack (form BSP1) or order it over the phone from your local Jobcentre Plus.

 

Bereavement Support payment helpline

Telephone: 0800 731 0469

Welsh language: 0800 731 0453

Website: https://www.gov.uk/bereavement-support-payment