Funeral poverty discussed in UK Parliament

October 14, 2015   //   No Comments

Funeral poverty was addressed in UK Parliament yesterday afternoon.

Paul Maynard MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys secured the debate on funeral poverty and was joined by several MPs, including MP for South Shields, Emma Lewell-Buck, who has worked with Quaker Social Action in their campaign against funeral poverty.  There was much discussion on the size of the problem, with Ms Lewell-Buck stating that 100,000 people are living with funeral debt in the UK. Charities such as Quaker Social Action were congratulated on their work with families facing funeral poverty.

The Social Fund Funeral Payment was discussed with suggestions for changing the process of application, the level of finance provided, whether or not the payment should be index-linked and the timeliness of decision-making.  An Ombudsman scheme was also mentioned for overseeing the funeral profession. Mr Maynard described his experience of funeral directors as being, “compassionate, caring people who want to do the best on behalf of their community.”

SAIF Members may read the full notes from the session here.  It is a lengthy document, but relevant sections have been highlighted for your convenience.  You will need to login to the Members’ Area first.