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Scotland plans new benefit to tackle funeral poverty

The Scottish Government aims to launch a new Funeral Expense Assistance benefit by summer 2019, to help people who are struggling to afford funeral payments.

The benefit is part of a new ten point action plan to tackle funeral poverty. The details were revealed in early August, by Equalities Secretary Angela Constance.

Ms Constance made the announcement while visiting the Renfrewshire Wide Credit Union (RWCU). Alongside White Cart, RWCU is one of two credit unions in Paisley that has recently developed new products that help people plan and pay for funerals.

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Ms Constance said: “The death of a loved one is an incredibly difficult time for anyone. It can be even harder when money is tight. We know funeral costs can push people into poverty – and often it is those already in financial hardship who face increased difficulties.

“That is why we are taking decisive action to tackle this growing issue and have engaged with local authorities, the funeral sector and other support services. I am pleased by the willingness to work together to find solutions that support more affordable funerals.

“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting those who need it most following a bereavement, which is why we will introduce a new Funeral Expense Assistance from summer 2019.”

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