Funeral Payments

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Love Andrew Love Labour, Edmonton

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have received funeral payments in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Enfield in each of the last 10 years; how much those payments amount to; and if he will make a statement.

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

Tables 1 and 2 show the number of Funeral Payment awards and expenditure amount in England, London and North and North East London Budget Area between 2004/05 and 2013/14.

DWP does not hold information about the number of people receiving Funeral Payment awards in a given time period. The number of awards made in each year is not equal to the number of people who received awards as an individual may have made multiple applications in that period.

The lowest geographical level at which we hold Funeral Payment data is by Social Fund Budget Area; the geographical areas used to administer the Social Fund in Great Britain. Since 2008/09, the Budget Area covering Enfield is North and North East London, which also covers Waltham Forest and Barking and Dagenham as well as parts of Barnet, Hackney, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Islington and Redbridge. Earlier figures for this area are not available.

Table 1: Funeral Payment awards in England, London and North and North East London, 2004/05 to 2013/14

Year

England

London

North and North

East London

2004/05

34,700

4,800

-

2005/06

33,400

4,500

-

2006/07

32,700

4,300

-

2007/08

31,300

4,100

-

2008/09

32,500

4,200

800

2009/10

31,200

4,400

800

2010/11

30,500

3,800

800

2011/12

30,200

3,900

800

2012/13

28,000

3,600

900

2013/14

26,600

3,500

800

Source: DWP Policy, Budget and Management Information System

Table 2: Funeral Payment expenditure in England, London and North and North East London, 2004/05 to 2013/14

Year

England

London

North and North

East London

2004/05

£36,925,100

£5,961,200

-

2005/06

£36,643,600

£5,819,400

-

2006/07

£37,148,000

£5,814,900

-

2007/08

£36,987,600

£5,959,300

-

2008/09

£39,495,800

£6,511,000

£1,260,500

2009/10

£38,410,300

£6,769,600

£1,274,400

2010/11

£37,445,800

£5,879,700

£1,294,800

2011/12

£37,723,000

£6,226,400

£1,347,300

2012/13

£34,617,200

£5,590,100

£1,390,800

2013/14

£36,185,500

£5,979,600

£1,429,500

Source: DWP Policy, Budget and Management Information System

Notes

· These figures do not include applications which were processed clerically and have not been entered on to the Social Fund Computer System.

· All figures are rounded to the nearest £100.

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