Funeral Support Payment
The Funeral Support Payment is a new payment available to people in Scotland, who are on certain benefits or tax credits, and need support to meet the costs of a funeral.
This is a one off payment to help people on low income benefits with a contribution towards the cost of a funeral and replaces the Department for Work and Pension’s (DWP) Funeral Expenses Payment in Scotland. Some improvements, in comparison to the current payment, have been introduced. These include:
- Introducing a new ‘nearest relative’ eligibility test, along with a more sensitive assessment to determine who is responsible for the funeral cost payments. This will widen eligibility for our payment by around 40%, to help reach an estimated 5,000 people each year.
- Speeding up our processing times for completed applications, once all the required evidence has been received.
- Annually reviewing and uprating the flat rate element to take account of inflation
If you live in the Glasgow / Lanarkshire area call the Financial Inclusion Team on 0141 847 0444 for more info and assistance in applying. For single parents in other areas please contact the Lone Parent Helpline on freephone 0808 801 0323.
Please note: Applications for the Funeral Support Payment are accepted from the date of death, up until six months after the funeral has taken place. This means that anyone who meets the eligibility for the Funeral Support Payment and has already paid for a funeral within the last 6 months will be able to apply retrospectively, as long as they haven’t already received a Funeral Expenses Payment from DWP.