Funeral Payments

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many funerals received funding from the Social Fund in each of the last three years; and what assessment her Department has made of trends in the cost of funerals.

Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

The available information is in the table.

Funeral payment awards made in Great Britain in each of the last three years
2006-07 41,000
2007-08 40,000
2008-09 41,000

1. The information provided is management information. Our preference is to answer all parliamentary questions using Official/National Statistics but in this case we only have management information available. It is not quality assured to the same extent as Official/National Statistics and there are some issues with the data; for example, it does not include claims which were processed clerically and have not yet been entered on to the Social Fund Computer System.

2. Figures include awards made on re-consideration or appeal.

3. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 1,000


Annual reports by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the Social Fund.

All aspects of the social fund are kept under review to ensure that they deliver relevant, timely and appropriate support to the right people. The Green Paper "Social Fund reform: debt, credit and low income households" was published on the 15 March 2010 and it includes some discussion of funeral payments. The consultation period began on 15 March 2010 and runs until 7 June 2010.

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