Help With Funeral Costs - Jukes

Help With Funeral Costs

Social Fund Helpline: 0800 169 0140

Who is entitled to receive help?

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

Funeral Expenses Payment

If you qualify for one of the following means-tested benefits, you may be able to apply for the Funeral Expenses Payment (taken from the government website):

You (or your partner) must receive one or more of the following to qualify:

– 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

Budgeting Loan

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

– Income Support

– Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

– Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

– Pension Credit

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

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Bereavement Support Payment

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

You must claim within three 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 for this if your partner did either of the following:

– 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 both of these:

– Under State Pension age

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

You cannot claim BSP if you are in prison.

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Funeral Finance

For funeral finance options, we use a company called Funeral Safe. They offer finance options between six months and five years, if you are a successful applicant.