Funeral Payments

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 30th January 2012.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for grants to cover funeral costs there have been in each month since June 2010; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The following table shows the number of funeral payment claims made each month since June 2010.

  Number of funeral payment claims
June 2010 5,760
July 2010 5,400
August 2010 4,720
September 2010 5,470
October 2010 4,880
November 2010 6,140
December 2010 4,100
January 2011 6,900
February 2011 6,850
March 2011 7,470
April 2011 5,220
May 2011 6,100
June 2011 5,840
July 2011 5,330
August 2011 5,340
September 2011 5,850
October 2011 5,350
November 2011 5,730
December 2011 5,020
Notes: 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 applications which were processed clerically and have not yet been entered on to the Social Fund Computer System. 2. The number of claims received has been rounded to the nearest 10. Source: DWP Social Fund Policy, Budget and Management Information System

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