What you'll get
How much you get depends on your circumstances. The Funeral Payment can help pay for:
You can find the full list of what can be included in the Funeral Payment in claim form SF200.
How the money Is paid
Usually, if the funeral director hasn't been paid, the money is paid to them. If the funeral director has been paid, the money is paid into your account - eg a bank account.
To get a Funeral Payment you must be responsible for the funeral and:
You must apply within 3 months of the funeral. You can make a claim even if you're waiting for a decision on a qualifying benefit.
You must be one of the following:
If the parent is 'absent', you must be responsible for the child and the absent parent must get a qualifying benefit.
You (or your partner) must get one of:
How much you get also depends on any other money available, eg from an insurance policy or the deceased's estate. If there's a close relative of the deceased who isn't getting one of the qualifying benefits you may not be able to claim Funeral Payment. If you don't qualify for a Funeral Payment you may be able to get help with the cost of a funeral in other ways, eg by using money from the deceased's bank account.
How to claim
You can claim a Funeral Payment using form SF200 or over the phone. You must claim within 3 months of the funeral. (There's a different way to claim if you live in Northern Ireland.) You must apply within 3 months of the funeral, even if you're waiting for a decision on a qualifying benefit. You can make a claim before the funeral if you've got an invoice from the funeral director. An estimate won't be accepted. You can appeal to the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal if you disagree with a decision. You must usually ask for 'mandatory reconsideration' before you appeal.