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Benefit claimants to get more help with funeral costs

Will Quince, the Minister for Welfare Delivery, has announced that families on welfare benefits grieving the loss of a loved one will receive up to £1000 to “help meet the costs of a funeral.”

These funds are on top of existing payments to help pay for funeral necessities, such as burial or cremation fees.

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From Spring 2020, the maximum amount families can claim to help meet costs for expenses such as a coffin, flowers and funeral directors’ fees will rise by 43%. In addition, funeral expenses payments are being increased for the first time since 2003.

Announcing the change, Quince said: “Everyone wants to give their loved ones a dignified send-off, and this money will help pay for the personal touches that enable a family to say goodbye properly.

“Planning a funeral can be incredibly distressing, and this payment will help lighten the financial burden on families during a difficult time.”

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