Can I get a Funeral Payment?
You qualify for a Funeral Payment if you, or your partner, are getting one of the following benefits:
If your partner dies, you may qualify for one of these benefits when you could not before. Make your claim as soon as possible but don’t delay claiming a Funeral Payment because you are waiting for a decision.
You will not be granted a Funeral Payment just because you are paying for a funeral. The benefits office has to agree that it is reasonable for you to be responsible for paying for the funeral and that there is no one else who should be paying for it.
If you are claiming for the funeral of your child or partner, you can be paid a Funeral Payment as long as you meet the other qualifying conditions. This applies to lesbian, gay and heterosexual partners. It also applies whether you were married, in a civil partnership or just living together.
If you are a close relative, family member or a friend of the person who has died, you may be able to get a Funeral Payment, but this will depend on whether there is someone closer or equally close to the person who has died who is not getting benefits. In this situation, the benefits office will consider how well you knew the person who has died and whether it is reasonable for you to accept responsibility for the funeral expenses.
The funeral usually has to take place in the UK to qualify for a Funeral Payment but some may be covered if they take place in an EEA country. You should seek advice if the funeral is not in the UK; you can use our Find an Adviser tool or call the DWP Bereavement Service or Northern Ireland Bereavement Service.