Financial Support services
Money can be a worry if you or your family member need to take time off work as a result of illness or to care for a loved one approaching the end of their life.
There are a number of national and local organisations who are able to provide support during this time.
Benefits (Under State Pension Age)
- Personal Independence Payment
- Universal Credit (Limited Capability for Work and Work Related Activity)
- New style Employment Support Allowance
Benefits (Over State Pension Age)
Benefits for Carers
- Funeral Expenses Payment
- Bereavement Support Payment
- A Budgeting Loan
- Some funeral directors will agree to set up a long-term payment schedule with you - so you do not have to pay the full cost of the funeral right away.
- There are a number of charitable organisations that offer financial help with funeral expenses. It is best to contact a charity that works with people in your situation. For example, you might want to think about:
- How the person died. Leukaemia Care will sometimes help pay for a funeral, for example.
- If a child has died. For example, the Child Funeral Charity and React can help with funeral costs for a child.
- The occupation of the person who has died, or your own. For example, the Care Workers Charity helps pay for funerals arranged by or for those who have worked in the care profession.
- Your age, or theirs. For example, Friends of the Elderly offer small grants towards funeral costs to older people who have little to no savings.
- Your nationality, or theirs. For example, ScotsCare offer grants (for all kinds of reasons) to Scottish people living in London.
- The kinds of costs you need help with. Many utility providers have grants or relief schemes that can help you cover the household bills of the person who has died. The British Gas Energy Trust has also in the past offered grants towards funeral costs.
Turn2Us can help you find an organisation that might help you based on the criteria above.