Financial Assistance for Funeral Costs

The staff at Elysium Gardens will always consider whether you might be eligible for help with your funeral costs and will assist in any application that they think might be relevant.

There are currently two main ways to get help with funeral costs from the Department of Work and Pensions: the Funeral Expenses Payment and the Bereavement Support Payment.

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The Funeral Expenses Payment

The Funeral Expenses Payment is a one-off grant from the government designed to help people on certain benefits pay for a funeral. It will cover the cost of the burial or cremation, travel to and from the funeral, official paperwork and hearse transport.

You can also get up to £700 more to help with funeral expenses like funeral director fees, flowers and other costs. The average payment is about £2,500.

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Elysium Financial Assistance

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To apply, you must be a close relative, partner or parent of the person who has died. You’ll also need to be on one or more of the qualifying benefits:

• Income Support,
• income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
• Pension, Child Tax, or Universal Credit
• Housing Benefit
• the element of Working Tax Credit that relates to those with disabilities.

If it turns out later on that the estate of the person who has died has enough money to pay for the funeral, you might need to give
the Funeral Expenses Payment back.

The Bereavement Support Payment

The Bereavement Support Payment is a one-off, tax-free payment given to the spouse or civil partner of someone who has died.

It’s intended to help widowed partners adjust to a change in household income. This means it can be a good way to get government help with funeral costs even if you’re not on benefits. It consists of a one-off payment of £2,500 or £3,500, followed by 18 monthly payments of £100 or £350. You’ll be given the higher rate if you’re already receiving Child Benefit.

To apply for the Bereavement Support Payment, you need to be under the State Pension age, and your spouse or civil partner needs to have either paid 25 weeks of National Insurance contributions or have died due to a work-related incident.

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