Deadline reminder: Government’s Bereavement Benefits Inquiry – 5th January

January 4, 2016   //   No Comments

The deadline for written submissions into the government’s inquiry into bereavement benefits is 5th January.

Submit your views here

Has your funeral business been affected by clients who are unsure if they will qualify for benefits, who have waited a long time to receive benefits or who have been unable to pay for services you’ve already provided?  The Work and Pensions Committee is particularly interested to hear about people’s experiences of:


  • What are the costs of a funeral, and how does this compare with payments from the Social Funeral Fund?
  • Do funeral homes offer less expensive funeral options for people on low incomes?
  • Could improvements be made to the application process for Social Funeral Fund payments?
  • What is the impact on families and individuals when they cannot meet the cost of a funeral for a friend or relative?
  • What is the impact on funeral homes and directors when the cost of a funeral cannot be met?
  • What arrangements do Local Authorities have for Public Health Funerals? Have LAs seen an increase in Public Health Funerals and what is the cost to LAs?

Bereavement benefits

  • What is the level of awareness about bereavement benefits, amongst those who may be eligible to claim?
  • Are bereavement benefits targeted at those who need them? Should eligibility criteria be reviewed?
  • Are there any problems with how bereavement benefits will interact with Universal Credit?
  • Is communication and guidance about bereavement benefits sufficient?

You may enter a written submission on the inquiry’s webpage here.  The deadline for written submissions is 5 January 2016.