J B Hall Funeral Directors Wokingham

DWP

(Formerly DSS) payments in respect of funeral expenses

DWP Funeral Payments are grants from the Department of Works and Pensions that help pay towards the cost of a funeral. Any amount paid will not cover the cost of even a modest respectable funeral in the UK and is recoverable from any money available from the deceased person’s estate. The person who arranges the funeral will be advised as to the grant amount.

Application forms are available at the Registrar’s and DWP offices and may be posted or delivered in person to the local DWP office. Claims must be made within three months of the funeral. Once the claim is authorised, a Giro cheque made payable to the Funeral Director will be sent to the claimant for use as payment towards the funeral account.

To be eligible for this grant, the person making the arrangements must meet current Social Security requirements. Please remember that the DWP will consider the financial circumstances of the person making the claim, rather than those of the deceased.

If you are arranging a funeral and think you may be entitled to help from the DWP, you should inform the Funeral Director so that he or she can more accurately estimate your account costs. We suggest that you contact your DWP office to find out if you are eligible and to seek their guidance in the process. Alternatively you may download our PDF ‘Funeral Payments — Eligibility and Coverage’.

PDF Funeral Payments — Eligibility and Coverage