Scotland ends funeral fund freeze

02/07/2018   //   No Comments

The 14 year freeze on funeral benefits has come to an end in Scotland, with the passing of the Social Security Bill. The last minute reform was introduced on the final day of debate by Ben Macpherson, the SNP member for Edinburgh Northern and Leith.

Currently, low-income families across the UK receive up to £700 for excess funeral costs, which include elements such as funeral director fees, coffins and flowers. The rate has remained static for over 14 years. Scotland will be the first part of the UK to end the freeze, with Macpherson’s amendment linking the rate of the Funeral Expense Payment to inflation.

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