Funeral Poverty — [Sir David Amess in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:51 pm on 13th October 2015.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) 4:51 pm, 13th October 2015

Does my hon. Friend know that since 2004 there has been an 80% increase in the price of funerals, but wages and benefits have increased only fractionally in line with inflation—if not, they are struggling to keep up with inflation? The average social fund funeral payment was £1,225, which means that there is a huge gap in what is affordable. Would she congratulate Quaker Social Action on its excellent work in this regard?