may be able to apply for a contribution from the social fund, to help
towards the cost of the funeral service.
application is based on its own merit and funds will be allocated
contribution from the social fund will normally only cover the charges
of the burial authority or crematorium and a proportion of the funeral
highly unlikely that the contribution from the social fund will cover
the cost of the funeral as a whole.
can make a claim if you are responsible for making the funeral arrangements
and you or your partner are receiving any of the following:
2. Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
3. Pension Credit
4. Housing Benefit
5. Council Tax Benefit
6. Working Tax Credit where a disability or severe disability element
is included in the award
7. Child Tax Credit at a rate higher than the family element
should check with their local DWP office as to which benefits apply.
For more information contact the DWP website at www.dwp.gov.uk
the death is registered the Registrar will provide you with a Registration
of Death certificate (Form BD8) which is required to make a claim
from the social fund. This should be taken to your local DWP office
with the following documents (if they are available).
Deceased’s Birth Certificate
· A Marriage Certificate (where applicable)
· National Insurance Contribution Card
· DWP Pension or Allowance books
· Social Fund Claim Form (SF200)
· The final account from the Funeral Director
claim can be made up to three months after the death but it is advisable
to do this as soon as possible. The payment from the fund is usually
in the form of a Giro Cheque and normally payable to the Funeral Director.
payment which is made from the fund can be recovered by the DWP should
funds become available from the deceased estate.