Funeral Support Payment pays out £11.3 million since launch
Over 7,000 people in Scotland qualified for help towards the cost of a funeral, according to the latest figures published today.
From mid-September 2019 to December 2020, £11.3 million helped people pay towards burial or cremation costs and other expenses such as travel and flowers.
Eligible applicants currently receive an average payment of £1,778.
The majority of payments were made directly to funeral directors at the request of the client.
Funeral Support Payment is open to people who are on tax credits or other low-income benefits, are responsible for paying for a funeral and meet the other criteria.
People can apply after the person has died until 6 months after the date of their loved one’s funeral.
People can choose to apply online, via a paper application form or by speaking to a specially trained advisor working within the dedicated Funeral Support Payment team.
To check eligibility and apply visit mygov.scot or call 0800 182 2222.
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