Powers to make funeral payments are transferring to Scottish Ministers, so there’s an opportunity for doing things differently/better.Scottish Government is hosting a conference to share information and gather views with wide-ranging individuals and groups who have an interest in reducing funeral poverty and want to have a say in shaping Scottish benefits to replace the Department of Work and Pension’s Funeral Payment.
Funeral payments consultation
A funeral payments consultation is underway in Scotland. It’s part of a broader 13 week Social Security Consultation that Scottish Government is carrying out as it shapes its first ever Social Security Bill. The consultation closes on Friday, 28 October 2016. The legislation is due to be introduced to the Scotland Parliament by June 2017. The […]
Funeral poverty and Smith Commission
The Smith Commission Report, released today, could impact on funeral poverty and social fund payments in Scotland.
Funeral payments are likely to fall under control of the Scottish Parliament, though Bereavement Payments are set to stay with Westminster
SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2014
The SunLife ‘Cost of Dying’ report is out for 2014. Here are their findings:
Latest research reveals the total cost of dying in the UK has risen over 10% in the last year. The cost of dying now averages £8,427. This is seven times higher than the cost of living.
Tackling funeral poverty
Funeral poverty is an increasing issue in the UK. This month Sun Life publish their annual Cost of Dying Report. We’re confident we can predict that as far as funeral costs go, the only way is up. Understand the issues…
At a distressing time, funeral costs can add further worry to individuals and families. Funerals have been called ‘the ultimate distress purchase’. They are often planned in haste, under stress and few want to bicker over costs.
The Cost of Dying report
The average funeral costs between £3-4,000. With legal bills, the cost of dying is around £7,000. Not surprising, 1 in 5 people struggles to meet the costs. The Sun Life Cost of Dying report (produced with Bath Uni’s Centre for Death and Society) paints a stark picture about the average cost of dying and looks at the growing issue […]