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Funerals: Pre-payment

Question for Treasury

UIN 5413, tabled on 25 October 2019

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the timeframe is for publishing the outcome of his Department's consultation on a policy proposal for the regulation of pre-paid funeral plans.

Answered on

30 October 2019

HM Treasury launched a call for evidence on the regulation of pre-paid funeral plans in June 2018. The call for evidence confirmed that consumer detriment is present in the pre-paid funeral plan sector and that there is broad demand for the sector to come under compulsory regulation.

Consequently, the government intends to bring the pre-paid funeral plan market within the remit of the Financial Conduct Authority and has consulted on the proposed legislative framework to implement this proposal. The consultation closed on 25 August and the government is currently reviewing the responses. A response to the consultation will be published in due course.

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