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Social Fund Helpline: 0800 169 0140

Who is entitled to help?
You may receive help if there is not enough money to pay for the funeral and you are responsible for making the funeral arrangements and you or your partner are receiving any of the following benefits: Family Credit, Income Support, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit.

Funeral Expenses Payment

If you get for one of the below means qualified tested benefits, you may be able to apply for the funeral expenses payment: (taken from the government website)

You (or your partner) must get one or more 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

– Child Tax Credit

– Universal Credit

You might also be eligible if you’re getting a Support for Mortgage Interest loan.

You can still claim Funeral Expenses Payment if you’ve applied for these benefits and you’re waiting to hear about your claim.

Click here for SF200 Form

Budgeting Loan

To get a Budgeting Loan you must have been getting one or more of these benefits for the past 6 months: (taken from the government website)

– Income Support

– Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

– Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

– Pension Credit

If you moved from Universal Credit to Pension Credit, any time spent claiming Universal Credit will count towards the 6 months.

Bereavement Support Payment

You may be able to get Bereavement Support Payment (BSP) if your husband, wife or civil partner died in the last 21 months.

You must claim within 3 months of your partner’s death to get the full amount. You can claim up to 21 months after their death but you’ll get fewer monthly payments.

You could be eligible if your partner either:

– Paid National Insurance Contributions for at least 25 weeks in one tax year since 6 April 1975

– Died because of an accident at work or a disease caused by work

When they died you must have been:

– Under State Pension age

– Living in the UK or a country that pays bereavement benefits

You cannot claim BSP if you’re in prison.

Funeral Finance

We use a company called Funeral Safe. They offer finance options between 6 months to 5 years, if you are successful.