Funeral Support Payment now open for applications

11 October 2019

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Funeral Support Payment is now live and we are taking applications by post, Freephone and online for this new benefit.

The benefit replaces the Department for Work and Pensions Funeral Expense Payment in Scotland. It is available to low income families in Scotland to contribute towards the costs of paying for a funeral.

The payment will help towards burial or cremation costs, some travel costs and a £700 flat rate payment for people who do not have funeral plans. The Scottish Government has committed to annually increasing the flat rate element in line with inflation.

We are committed to making sure that everyone who is eligible for this support knows about it and applies. Many of you will interact with people who would benefit from this help at what is an extremely difficult time.

Social Security Scotland is very grateful for your ongoing help to signpost people to this support.

To make this signposting as easy as possible for you, we have provided a range of stakeholder resources.

Clients can apply for Funeral Support Payment by:

Telephone - 0800 182 2222 website

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