22 Jan 2018
In a written statement on Funeral Expenses Payments today, the Government has announced the following changes:
Commenting on the changes, Louise Eaton-Terry, funeral cost expert at Royal London, said:
“It’s good to see small changes being made to the Funeral Payment process, but the Government has ignored the biggest issue. Funeral costs continue to increase above inflation year on year, with our research showing that bereaved families who qualify for the fund face a shortfall of more than £2,000 to cover the cost of a funeral. While these reforms are a step in the right direction, they fail to address the value of the award and we want the Government to go further and commit to increasing the social fund funeral expenses payment.”
The Royal London National Funeral Cost Index 2017 found that:
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