Funeral Poverty — [Sir David Amess in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:29 pm on 13th October 2015.

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Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Conservative, Blackpool North and Cleveleys 4:29 pm, 13th October 2015

I suspect that we are closer to agreement than the hon. Lady might realise. I know what a simple funeral would look like and I know what its pricing structure would be; I just get a little nervous about tying the social fund funeral payment to that precise model. There may be cultural or religious reasons why people need optional extras.

In summary—if I have left any time for the Minister and anybody else—I would welcome a bit more information on how we can get the basic data to make the right decision about whether this benefit is delivering on its policy intent. I think it can, I hope it will and I look forward to hearing what everybody else has to say.

Several hon. Members rose