DWP claims

People claiming benefits may be entitled to help from the DWP. The Gov.uk website Funeral Expenses Payment has helpful information.

Depending on your current circumstances you could receive help in paying for costs of the doctor’s certificate of death, cremation fees and up to £700 for any funeral expenses including funeral directors’ fees and coffin transportation.

For a full list of exactly what can be included please download the Funeral Expenses Payment claim form SF200. This applies to England, Scotland and Wales (SF200W Welsh language).

In Northern Ireland you can get a Funeral Payment application form from a Social Security / Jobs and Benefits office or search for Funeral Payments on www.nidirect.gov.uk


To get Funeral Expenses Payment you must:

  • get certain benefits or tax credits
  • meet the rules on your relationship with the deceased
  • be arranging a funeral in the UK, the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland

Other funding options

You might be able to get other help to pay for the funeral if you’re not eligible for Funeral Expenses Payment.

In England, Scotland and Wales you could apply for a Budgeting Loan if you have been getting one or more of these benefits for the past 6 months:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit

Download the Budgeting Loan claim form SF500 from www.gov.uk. (SF500W Welsh language). You can also now apply online.

If you live in Northern Ireland, go to Budgeting Loans in Northern Ireland.

Government benefits

People can be on benefits for a variety of reasons and a change of circumstances, especially the death of a partner, can affect your own entitlement.

Payment terms

Funeral Partners payment terms. We will fully quote costs covering all four elements on our estimate.

Wills and Probate

Applying for the legal right to deal with someone’s property, money and possessions when they die is called ‘applying for probate’.

Further Reading: Bereavement Support

It can be a confusing time following a death and difficult to know what you need to do first. We are glad to be able to offer help and support at this difficult time.