To cover other related costs, you can apply for a government-backed Funeral Expenses Payment (at least one parent must already be receiving specific benefits). Scottish residents should apply for a Funeral Support Payment instead.

The Funeral Expenses Payment will help cover the following costs:

  • Burial fees for a particular plot
  • Cremation fees (including the cost of the doctor’s certificate)
  • Travel to arrange or go to the funeral
  • Cost of moving the body within the UK (if it’s being moved more than 50 miles)
  • Death certificates or other documents
  • Other funeral expenses – funeral director’s fees, flowers, coffin, etc.

Eligible applicants will receive:

  • £700 if the person died before 8 April 2020
  • £1,000 if the person died on or after 8 April 2020

The Funeral Expenses Payment will not usually cover the full cost of a funeral. This payment will also be deducted from any money you receive from an insurance policy and the deceased’s estate (including any money and property but not a house or personal belongings left to a widow, widower or surviving civil partner). If the deceased had a pre-paid funeral plan, you will only be eligible for up to £120 to help pay for items not included in their plan.