Co-op Funeralcare responds to changes to the Funeral Fund

23 January 2018

David Collingwood, Director of Funerals, Co-op Funeralcare responds to changes to the Funeral Fund

''Changes to the social fund are a start, but we believe there is more that could be done by Government on this to provide better support to the bereaved.

''The value of the payment itself, still falls far short of the overall funeral charge, meeting only 30-40% of the average cost. Whilst these changes will make it easier to submit evidence, in reality families will still face a difficult process in applying for support, and this can be overwhelming for them during a time of loss.

''We also believe there needs to be upfront transparency, so that families have additional reassurance and find out before the funeral whether they will receive support from the fund.''

David Collingwood (4)

Further information on the changes can be found here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_yoTpy774YHxSKyDSlTlK4jrXIKMmGzn/view

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/61/body/made

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