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Paying for a Funeral

Funerals can be expensive, and you may not have the money to cover the costs. The UK government has a social fund available to fund the funeral expenses.


You can apply to the fund if you are claiming any of the following benefits or are currently waiting on your claim:


  • Universal Credit
  • 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
  • Support for Mortgage Interest loan


If you have been on one of these benefits in the last 26 weeks you may be able to claim for a budgeting loan to help you with the costs for the Funeral.


You can arrange this by going to your local JobcentrePlus, or you can also call the DWP Bereavement Service.


Telephone: 0800 731 0469

Welsh Language: 0800 731 0453

Textphone: 0800 731 0464

Welsh Language Textphone: 0800 731 0456

NGT Text Relay (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 731 0469


Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm


If you are on benefits or a low income Down to Earth can support you to find a meaningful funeral that is more affordable.


Their experienced team support thousands of people across the UK to look at their options, keep costs down, and identify ways to raise money for a funeral. They can provide free one to one support if the funeral has not happened; they mainly do this via their helpline
0208 983 5055, but you can also make initial contact by email downtoearth@qsa.org.uk.


They also have information and resources on their website www.downtoearthsupport.org.uk.


If you need any other help call our helpline 0800 0246 121.

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The National Bereavement Service is a not for profit organisation. Registered address: Hilden Park House, 79 Tonbridge Road, Hildenborough, Tonbridge, Kent, United Kingdom, TN11 9BH. Company number 09333323