Government Consultations 2017

Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016
Reforms to the Social Fund’s Funeral Expenses Payments scheme

Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 – Consultation: Inspection Regulations

Run by: The Scottish Government

Open to: all interested funeral directors

Purpose: to seek views on draft regulations being made under the 2016 Act.  The contents of the draft regulations are a culmination of many years of work and have been informed by the Parliamentary Bill process, stakeholder engagement and the Inspector of Crematoria.  At this time the laws which enable Scottish Ministers to appoint inspectors are the Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 1935 and Section 89 of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016.  Under the 1935 Regulations the Inspector of Crematoria has limited powers of inspection.  The new legal framework will replace the 1935 Regulations and, from that point, the Inspector of Crematoria will be appointed under the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 as the Inspector of Cremation.

Result: thank you to all SAIF members who responded to the consultation.

Reforms to the Social Fund’s Funeral Expenses Payments scheme

Run by: Department for Work and Pensions

Open to: all members of the public can respond.  They would particularly value views from those who have experienced bereavement, and those who have accessed Funeral Expenses Payments in the past.

Purpose: This set of reforms is designed to clarify eligibility and make the process for claiming Funeral Expenses Payments simpler. Each of these reforms has been developed in consultation with figures in the funeral industry, or in response to public correspondence. The reforms will apply to England, Scotland and Wales.


Result: use this link to read the full outcome, published on 3/11/17.