The Department for Works and Pensions
Help from the Department of Works and pensions is available to help towards the funeral costs, if you are on a low income and receiving certain benefits and tax credits. How much you qualify for depends on your individual circumstances.
The Funeral Payment can help pay towards the following:
- Burial fees and exclusive rights to burial in a particular plot
- Cremation fees
- Doctor’s Fees
- Up to £700 towards the funeral director’s fees
- The costs for moving the body within the UK – but only for
the part of the journey that’s over 50 miles
To apply for a payment towards the funeral you must be the partner, parent, children or close relative/friend of the deceased.
To be eligible for a claim you must apply within three months of the funeral date, you can apply by filling in a form online or over the phone.