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Funeral Poverty

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:20 pm on 11th September 2018.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings 3:20 pm, 11th September 2018

Part of the problem, which I did not highlight in my speech as I did not want to go on for too long, is that currently there is a separation between what is known in the industry as the disbursements—the cost of the cremation, burial and so on—and other costs. The current statute refers to necessary funeral costs, and that needs to be revisited. A minor amendment, through secondary legislation, would enable us to make it much clearer what the funeral grant pays for. Simplification is required.