Funeral Expense Payment Support Has Increased

 

The maximum amount a family can claim for help with coffin expenses increased to £1000 on April 8th 2020

Families in need of financial support to help pay funeral expenses, such as coffins and funeral director fees, will receive £300 more now than previously.

This is the first increase since 2003.

The Department for Work and Pensions Bereavement Support team deal with around 800 claims per week from the families of those dying from Covid-19.

An applicant must be currently claiming or in the process of applying for the following benefits to be eligible for the financial support:

·       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

Those receiving support for a mortgage interest loan may also become eligible for the financial support.

With the most basic of funerals costing £1550 this help is greatly needed.

For those who do not qualify, we would strongly recommend setting up a prepaid funeral plan which can be paid for from as little as £9 a week and will definitely go a long way to easing the financial burden on those left behind.

See here for our lowest priced plans http://www.thywill.co.uk/funeralplans.html