Funeral directors and experts offer evidence on bereavement benefits

On January 6 2016, a selection of funeral directors and experts from different faiths attended Portcullis House to provide oral evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee regarding bereavement benefits.

The Committee is undertaking an examination of the way the rising cost of funerals affects individuals and funeral companies. It will review the support currently available from the Social Funeral Fund for people who are unable to afford the cost of a basic funeral.

The meeting, which started at 9.30am, heard from four witnesses: Lucy Coulbert, managing director, The Individual Funeral Company, Coulbert Family Funerals; Nigel Lymn-Rose, National Association of Funeral Directors; Mohamed Omer, Muslim Council of Great Britain and Melvyn Hartog, United Synagogue.

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