What does the Funeral Payment cover?
What the Funeral Payment covers
A Funeral Payment can help with the necessary cost of a respectful funeral with the UK (funerals in other EEA states can, in certain circumstances, be considered). This includes:
• The necessary cost of a new burial plot with an exclusive right of burial or the cost of reopening an existing grave
• The necessary burial fees charged by the authority responsible for cemeteries in the area where the burial takes place or by a private grave-digger or for cremations:
• The necessary fees charged by the authority responsible for the cremation
• The cost of any medical references or doctor’s certificates
• The cost of any necessary removal of an active implanted medical device (for example, a pacemaker) and in any case:
• The cost of documentation needed for the immediate release of assets of the deceased
• When it is necessary to moved the body over 50 miles within the UK to the funeral director’s premises or place of rest, the reasonable cost of that part of the journey which is over 50 miles
• Where the return journey to the funeral is necessarily over 50 miles, the reasonable cost of that part of the return journey that is over 50 miles for the transport of the coffin and bearers, plus one additional vehicle
• The necessary cost of a return journey for you, either to:
o Arrange the funeral, or
o Go to the funeral
• Up to £700 for any other funeral expenses
Payments may be affected by a pre-paid funeral plan.
If you have any savings
Your savings do not affect Funeral Payments.
How to claim
Complete form SF200 ‘Funeral Payments from the Social Fund’, available from Jobcentre Plus.
When to claim
You must claim a Funeral Payment from the date of death and up to three months after the date of the funeral. If you are waiting for a decision on a qualifying benefit or entitlement you must still claim with the time limit above.
Effect on other benefits
There is no effect on other benefits from having a Funeral Payment.
Repayment of the Funeral Payment
If you get a Funeral Payment, it will have to be paid back from any estate of the person who died. The estate means any money, property and other things that the deceased person owned. A house or personal things that are left to a widow, widower or surviving civil partner will not be counted as part of the estate.
Disputes and appeals
If you want to know more about the decision or you think it is wrong. Please get in touch with Jobcentre Plus within one month of the date of the decision letter. If you contact us later we may not be able to help you.
You can find more information about decision making and appeals in leaflet GL24 if you think our decision is wrong – available from any Jobcentre Plus office or the Catalogue of DWP products on the DWP website.