Funeral Payments

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th October 2014.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister without Portfolio and Deputy Party Chair

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to monitor the average costs of funerals; and what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of funeral payments to meet the average cost of a funeral.

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

My department does not collect data to monitor the average cost of funerals.

The Social Fund Funeral Payment scheme provides help towards the necessary costs of a simple, respectful, low-cost funeral and is not intended to meet all costs that could be associated with the day. The average award made in 2012/13 was £1,225.

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