Frank Field MP, chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee announced the first major inquiry into funeral payments for decades including the Social Fund Funeral Payment.
The Fair Funerals campaign hopes this follows efforts to highlight the Social Fund’s problems. As it stands over 50 percent of applications for a funeral payment are rejects which includes people in work as well as low paid and zero hours, people on carer’s allowances and basic state pensions.
Heather Kennedy, Fair Funerals campaign manager says: “We are delighted by today’s announcement. The funeral payment has been overlooked by government for too long and we look forward to working alongside the select committee to improve the way the funeral payment supports bereaved people on low incomes.”
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