Funeral Support Payment helps individuals on low incomes cover the cost of a funeral. To be eligible for Funeral Support Payment, claimants must be in receipt of a qualifying benefit and be responsible for the cost of the funeral.
The Scottish Government plan to introduce Funeral Support Payment as a replacement for Funeral Payments by summer 2019.
On 30 May 2019, we produced updated forecasts of Funeral Support Payment.
Funeral Support Payment Forecast - May 2019
Source: Scottish Fiscal Commission (2019) - Scotland's Economic and Fiscal Forecasts May 2019.
Our report, Scotland's Economic and Fiscal Forecasts, contains more information on our Funeral Support Payment forecast.
Scottish Fiscal Commission (2018) - Scotland's Economic and Fiscal Forecasts December 2018
Scottish Government Consultation on Funeral Expenses Assistance
Scottish Fiscal Commission (2018) Scotland’s Economic and Fiscal Forecasts May 2018
Scottish Fiscal Commission (2017) Scotland’s Economic and Fiscal Forecasts December 2017
UK government page on Funeral Payments
Scottish Government page on Funeral Expenses Assistance
DWP Benefit expenditure and caseload tables (Spring Budget 2017)