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Funeral Payments

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 271352, tabled on 1 July 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to increase (a) knowledge of, (b) access to and (c) take-up of social fund funeral payments.

Answered on

4 July 2019

My officials regularly engage with funeral and bereavement stakeholders to help them build awareness of the support available

In August 2018, the GOV.UK website was updated with a step-by-step guide about to do after someone has died, including arranging a funeral and applying for a Funeral Expenses Payments.

DWP is currently updating the leaflet that registrars give to people registering deaths. The revised version will include details of Funeral Expense Payments, and direct people to the GOV.UK step-by-step guide. DWP staff can also provide this information over the phone or in Jobcentres.