Get help with funeral costs

If you get certain tax credits or benefits you can get help to pay for a loved one's funeral.

August 30, 2023

The Scottish Government replaced the DWP Funeral Expense Payment with Funeral Support Payment in September 2019. The benefit is designed to pay a contribution towards funeral costs.

Funeral Support Payment is made up of 3 parts. The first covers the cost of burial or cremation. The second component covers the standard rate of £1,178.75 for other expenses for most clients or £143.85 if the person who died had a pre-paid funeral plan. The third covers other costs including travel expenses incurred by the clients, transport cost to transfer the body of the deceased and some document and medical costs. 

You are eligible for Funeral Support Payment if you or your partner live in Scotland, get a qualifying benefit or payment and are arranging and paying for the funeral of someone who lived in the UK. Applications must be made within six months of the person dying. Before applying, you should register the death of the deceased person and check whether you might be eligible. You may want to inform your funeral director of your intention to apply though this is not a requirement.

Applications can be made online via the website, by post, over the phone or in person and a specially trained advisors will help you get the support you need.  

If you would like to find out more information on how to apply and the eligibility criteria please visit Funeral Support Payment -


Please remember Cruse Scotland is here to help if you are struggling with your grief following the death of a loved one. Visit the 'How we can help' tab at the top of this page to find the support that's right for you.

Get help with funeral costs