Funeral Support Payment

Last updated: 29/07/2021

Funeral Support Payment is money to help pay for the costs of a funeral or cremation. It can help pay for the cost of the funeral of an adult, a child or a still born baby born after 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Who can get Funeral Support Payment?

To get Funeral Support Payment the person who died must have lived in the UK and the funeral must take, or have taken, place in the UK. In some circumstances you can get a payment if the funeral takes, or has taken, place in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

You need to be living in Scotland and responsible for paying for the funeral of the person who has died so they will usually be a close relative. If you are not related to the person who has died you will have to show why you are responsible for the costs.

You must also be receiving one of the following benefits:-

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit (disability or severe disability element)
  • Housing Benefit
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), not contribution-based JSA
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), not contribution-based ESA

How much is it?

The Funeral Support Payment can help with the costs of the funeral or cremation, some travel costs and the cost of any documents needed.

Any insurance policies, money or assets the person who died left, will affect the payment you get. Costs met by the NHS or council will also reduce the payment.

The payment can be made to you or directly to the funeral director. It does not affect any other benefits you are getting and is not counted for the benefit cap.

The average payment is around £1700 which could be much less than the actual cost of the funeral.

How to apply

You can apply for Funeral Support Payment after the death has been registered and for up to 6 months after the person has died. You can apply even if you have already paid for the funeral.

Apply online or download an application form.

Call Social Security Scotland to apply by phone: 0800 182 2222

Further help and information

For help applying see https://opfs.org.uk/support-and-advice/support-for-you/funeral-support-payment/.

For more details visit https://www.mygov.scot/browse/benefits/funeral-support.