Can I get help with paying funeral costs?
Yes, in some cases the government can help with funeral costs via a Funeral Expenses Payment if you get certain benefits. A funeral payment is a bit like a loan, and is available for people who receive certain benefits – but it won’t usually cover the cost of the entire funeral.
If there’s any money remaining from the deceased’s estate, you’ll usually have to pay the government back for the costs. However, you won’t need to pay it back if only personal possessions remain and if a house left is still occupied by a spouse.
Local councils can sometimes organise public health funerals for those with no family or friends or if there is no money in the deceased’s estate to pay for one.