Government support for funeral costs
Arranging a loved ones funeral is difficult enough without having to worry about the cost. If you’re struggling to pay for the cost of a funeral, you may be eligible for help from the government.
There are a number of options available for you to consider, which may give you that helping hand you need.
Take a look below at the different options available:
- Funeral Payments from the Social Fund
- Bereavement Allowance (previously Widow’s Pension)
- Bereavement Payment
- Budgeting Loans
- Council Funeral – also known as ‘Paupers’ Funeral
You may be able to apply for a Social Fund Funeral Payment to help with funeral costs and we have information on who may be eligible and how to make a claim. Payment can only be authorised by the Department of Work and Pensions who can be contacted at www.dwp.gov.uk.
A Funeral Payment claim form (SF200) may be obtained from a Jobcentre Plus office or by calling the DWP Bereavement Service helpline (available Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm):
Telephone: 0345 606 0265
Welsh language: 0345 606 0275
Textphone: 0345 606 0285
Welsh language Textphone: 0345 606 0295
The claim form – which comes with notes and details of where to send it – can also be downloaded here.