Funeral Payments


​If you’re on a low income and feel funding could help to pay for a funeral you’re arranging, you could be entitled to a Funeral Payment from the Government. 

The Funeral Payment can help pay for: ​

  • Burial fees
  • Cremation fees, including the cost of the doctor’s certificate
  • Up to £700 for funeral expenses, eg funeral director’s fees, flowers, coffin
  • Travel to arrange or go to the funeral
  • The costs for moving the body within the UK – but only for the part of the journey that’s over 50 miles.


​Qualifying depends on your circumstances. You must be one of the following:

  • The partner of the deceased when they died
  • A close relative or close friend of the deceased
  • The parent of the still-born baby the parent of the deceased child, if they were under 16 (or under 20 and not in full-time education)


​You (or your partner) must get one of the following:​

  • 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
  • One of the extra elements of Child Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit


​IMPORTANT NOTICE… If there’s a close relative of the deceased who isn’t getting one of the qualifying benefits, you may not be entitled to help from the social fund. For further information, visit https://www.gov.uk/funeral-payments/