If you are on a low income, or in receipt of certain benefits, you could be eligible for help you pay for the funeral.
How much you are entitled to will depend on your individual circumstances.
Common Reasons For Refusal
Applications will usually be refused on the grounds that the applicant has savings or insurance, is not a partner,
close friend or relative of the person who died, that they are not in receipt of benefits or that they there is another
close relative or partner who is responsible. It is therefore worth taking the time to thoroughly review the
eligibility criteria before you apply.
Crowdfunding, Donations & Eligibility
The payment is means tested. However, the testing criteria no longer includes money raised via donations or
crowd-funding. Recipients of a Funeral Payment are able to receive contributions from relatives, friends or
charities without it being deducted from the payment.
For more information, visit the Funeral Expenses page on the GOV website.
What Does It Cover?
The Funeral Expenses Payment can help to pay for:
- Burial/cremation fees, including the cost of the doctor’s certificate
- Travel to the funeral
- The cost of moving the deceased within the UK, if more than 50 miles
- Death certificates or other documents
It also includes up to £700 for other funeral expenses, such as funeral director’s fees, flowers or the coffin. The cover for these additional expenses is set to rise to £1000 in April 2020.
How Much Is The Funeral Expenses Payment?
How much you get depends on your circumstances and takes into account funds from insurance policies or the deceased person’s estate. It will not usually cover all of the costs of the funeral. The average payout in 2019 was around £1,400, this is set to increase in April 2020, as the government has raised the allowance for other costs from £700 to £1,000.
How To Apply
If you are in England or Wales, you can apply by phone by calling the Bereavement Service helpline, or by
downloading and filling in the claim form.