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Funeral Poverty

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 11th September 2018.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South 2:30 pm, 11th September 2018

I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this timely debate. Is she aware that the average cost of a burial nationally is £4,561, yet the average social fund funeral payment is £1,427—about 35% of the cost? Given the rising cost of living in other respects, that is quite a burden on a lot of families, and a lot sometimes have to sell goods to pay for funerals. Does she think that there should be an investigation into funeral charges, and also into the scope of the social fund itself?