Help with Funeral Costs
For individuals and families on low income, Funeral Expenses Payments can be claimed from the government and paid to eligible benefit claimants. The amount you get does not usually cover the cost of a funeral.
This section covers adult funerals, for a child's funeral, please visit Support for Child funeral costs.
Funerals can be very expensive, it is best to plan and set a budget before committing to anything.
Check if a funeral plan exists
Claiming from the Estate
You could get a Funeral Expenses Payment (also called a Funeral Payment) if you get certain benefits (see eligibility) and need help to pay for a funeral you are arranging.
If you receive money from the deceased’s estate
Your Funeral Expenses Payment will be deducted from any money you get from the deceased’s estate.
The estate includes any money or property they had but not a house or personal things left to a widow, widower or surviving civil partner.
Funeral costs vary depending on where you live in the UK . The amounts below are approximate, average costs across the UK. They are based on a 2018 report and actual costs may vary*.
Basic cremation - £3,600
Basic burial - £4,800
Send-off (see below for details) - £2,100
Breakdown of some cremation and burial costs
Funeral director fees - £2,600
Doctor’s fees - £164 (no fee in Scotland)
Faith leader or celebrant fees - £160
Burial fees - £2,200
Cremation fees - £850
Headstone - £900
Funeral director fees will often include a coffin, hearse, collection and care of the deceased, and professional guidance.
What you might get?
How the money is paid
Funeral Expenses Payment is paid into your bank, building society or credit union account if you have already paid for the funeral.
The money will be paid directly to the organiser of the funeral (for example, the funeral director) if you have not paid yet.
Benefits and tax credits you must get
Rules on your relationship with the deceased
If the funeral will take place in the EEA or Switzerland
Contact the Social Fund to check if you’re eligible.
Telephone: 0800 169 0140
Textphone: 0800 169 0286
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Welsh language: 0800 169 0240
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