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star this property date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Funeral Payments remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her Department's policy is on supporting benefit claimants who must pay for the funeral of a family member; and if her Department will introduce an allowance for benefit claimants who must pay for the funeral of a family member to ensure that their benefit claims are not adversely affected. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Motherwell and Wishaw more like this
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Marion Fellows more like this
star this property uin 190493 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
star this property answer text <p>The Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payment scheme makes a contribution towards the cost of a funeral for people in receipt of certain income related benefits and tax credits. To qualify, the applicant must be accepted as responsible for arranging the funeral, they (or their partner) must receive one of the qualifying benefits and they must be the partner or a close relative or close friend of the deceased.</p><p> </p><p>The amount payable depends on whether there is any other money available, for example from the deceased’s estate. As the Payment is linked to the deceased’s assets, it does not adversely affect the applicant’s savings.</p><p> </p><p>The scheme offers support by meeting the ‘necessary costs’ of a cremation or burial, including acquiring a burial plot. An allowance of up to £700 is also available to meet other funeral costs such as a coffin, religious venue and funeral director fees.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2018-11-15T09:55:33.86Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-15T09:55:33.86Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Marion Fellows more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-04-12more like thismore than 2016-04-12
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Funeral Payments remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is tacking to tackle funeral poverty in the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Pontypridd more like this
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Owen Smith more like this
star this property uin 33700 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-04-18more like thismore than 2016-04-18
star this property answer text <p>This department supports people with help on funeral expenses through the Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payments scheme, which provides help towards the cost of a simple funeral for people claiming eligible benefits.</p><p>We are considering the recent Work and Pensions Select Committee report on support for the bereaved and will respond in due course.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2016-04-18T16:23:32.697Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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4042
unstar this property label Biography information for Owen Smith more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-04-21more like thismore than 2016-04-21
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Funeral Payments remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has considered measures to expedite the current five to six week processing time for applications to the Department for Work and Pensions Funeral Fund; and what the target processing time is for applications to that Fund. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kilmarnock and Loudoun more like this
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Alan Brown more like this
star this property uin 35018 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-04-26more like thismore than 2016-04-26
star this property answer text <p>If all the necessary information is received with the Funeral Expenses Payments claim form the application is processed straight away. The department is committed to ensuring that communications on eligibility for Funeral Payments are improved. This will in turn help claims to be processed and decisions to be made more quickly.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>For 2016/17 DWP aims to clear Funeral Expenses Payments claims within 15 working days. In 2014/15 of the 51,000 applications, over 55% were cleared within target; and over 69% cleared within 21 working days.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2016-04-26T14:44:39.82Zmore like thismore than 2016-04-26T14:44:39.82Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alan Brown more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-04-25more like thismore than 2016-04-25
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Funeral Payments remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2016 to Question 33700, what steps his Department is taking to monitor levels of funeral poverty. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Pontypridd more like this
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Owen Smith more like this
star this property uin 35294 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-05-04more like thismore than 2016-05-04
star this property answer text <p>The Government recognises that some families on low incomes can struggle to meet the costs of a funeral, this is why the Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payments covers specified necessary costs and provides a significant contribution of up to £700 towards the fee levied by funeral directors for all other funeral expenses.</p><p>My Department continues to look at the effectiveness of the scheme so that it provides effective support and will keep on monitoring its effectiveness and liaising with stakeholders and interested groups so that it maintains its aim of providing a contribution towards the cost of a funeral.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2016-05-04T16:34:28.213Zmore like thismore than 2016-05-04T16:34:28.213Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Owen Smith more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-04-29more like thismore than 2016-04-29
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Funeral Payments remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 26 April 2016 to Question 35018, how many funeral expense payments were processed by his Department in 2015-16; and what proportion of such applications were processed within (a) 15, (b) 20 and (c) 25 working days. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kilmarnock and Loudoun more like this
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Alan Brown more like this
star this property uin 36155 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-05-05more like thismore than 2016-05-05
star this property answer text <p>For 2015/16 the Department processed 45,467 applications for Funeral Expense Payments with 69.7% cleared within 15 working days and 83.4% cleared within 20 working days. We are unable to provide data on how many applications were processed within 25 working days as the Management Information system that the Department uses for Funeral Expenses does not provide this level of detail.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Source:</strong></p><p> </p><p>Number processed - Department for Work and Pensions – Management Information System Program (MISP) - Management Information Portal</p><p> </p><p>% processed - Department for Work and Pensions – Office Print Report Tool (OPRT) - Management Information Statistics</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2016-05-05T12:45:27.96Zmore like thismore than 2016-05-05T12:45:27.96Z
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4105
star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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4470
unstar this property label Biography information for Alan Brown more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-07-09more like thismore than 2018-07-09
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Funeral Payments remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the interest rate charge is for funeral expenses payments. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Ellesmere Port and Neston more like this
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Justin Madders more like this
star this property uin 162086 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-07-17more like thismore than 2018-07-17
star this property answer text <p>We make low-cost funeral expense payments to people who receive (or whose partners receive) a qualifying benefit or Tax Credit. These are recoverable from the estate of the deceased and where there aren’t enough assets available in the estate it is written off.</p><p> </p><p>DWP’s Annual Report and Accounts 2017-2018 contains information on losses associated with the social fund at page 159, which can be found here:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/721224/dwp-annual-report-and-accounts-2017-2018.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/721224/dwp-annual-report-and-accounts-2017-2018.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p>There were 663k (gross) of Funeral Expense Payments outstanding as at 31 March 2018.</p><p> </p><p>The Department for Work and Pensions has the discretion to apply interest at 1.5% above the Bank of England Base Rate when recovering an outstanding Funeral Payment from an estate.</p><p> </p><p>Interest would be charged on any balance outstanding at the end of each calendar year.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 162087 more like this
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less than 2018-07-17T16:45:38.53Zmore like thismore than 2018-07-17T16:45:38.53Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Justin Madders more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-07-09more like thismore than 2018-07-09
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Funeral Payments remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the amount of money owed to the public purse from funeral expenses payments. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Ellesmere Port and Neston more like this
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Justin Madders more like this
star this property uin 162087 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-07-17more like thismore than 2018-07-17
star this property answer text <p>We make low-cost funeral expense payments to people who receive (or whose partners receive) a qualifying benefit or Tax Credit. These are recoverable from the estate of the deceased and where there aren’t enough assets available in the estate it is written off.</p><p> </p><p>DWP’s Annual Report and Accounts 2017-2018 contains information on losses associated with the social fund at page 159, which can be found here:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/721224/dwp-annual-report-and-accounts-2017-2018.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/721224/dwp-annual-report-and-accounts-2017-2018.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p>There were 663k (gross) of Funeral Expense Payments outstanding as at 31 March 2018.</p><p> </p><p>The Department for Work and Pensions has the discretion to apply interest at 1.5% above the Bank of England Base Rate when recovering an outstanding Funeral Payment from an estate.</p><p> </p><p>Interest would be charged on any balance outstanding at the end of each calendar year.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 162086 more like this
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less than 2018-07-17T16:45:38.577Zmore like thismore than 2018-07-17T16:45:38.577Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Justin Madders more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-07-10more like thismore than 2018-07-10
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Funeral Payments remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average Funeral Expenses Payment was in each year since 2003. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Chesterfield more like this
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Toby Perkins more like this
star this property uin 162526 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-07-18more like thismore than 2018-07-18
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Work and Pensions does not produce estimates for the average cost of a funeral.</p><p> </p><p>The average Funeral Expenses Payment (FEP) made in each year is published in the Social Fund Annual Report. Table 1 below provides the average FEP made in each year since 2003/04. Figures are rounded to the nearest £1.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Table 1: Average FEP award, 2003/04 – 2017/18</strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p>Average FEP award</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2003/04</p></td><td><p>£1,019</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2004/05</p></td><td><p>£1,051</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005/06</p></td><td><p>£1,081</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006/07</p></td><td><p>£1,117</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007/08</p></td><td><p>£1,162</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008/09</p></td><td><p>£1,194</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009/10</p></td><td><p>£1,208</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010/11</p></td><td><p>£1,217</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011/12</p></td><td><p>£1,241</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>£1,225</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>£1,347</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014/15</p></td><td><p>£1,375</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015/16</p></td><td><p>£1,410</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016/17</p></td><td><p>£1,427</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017/18</p></td><td><p>£1,461</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Source: Social Fund Annual Reports 2003/04 – 2016/17, Social Fund Policy Budget and Management Information System</p><p> </p><p>Notes</p><p> </p><ol><li>The figure for 2017/18 is drawn from the Social Fund Policy Budget and Management Information System as the Social Fund Annual Report 2017/18 is not yet published.</li><li>The average award is the average payment net of returned payments (including appeals). This is calculated by taking the total value of payments in a given year (net of returned payments) and dividing by the total number of payments in a given year, as recorded in the Policy, Budget and Management Information System.</li><li>These averages include awards made after review, reconsideration or appeal following an initial refusal.</li></ol>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 162525 more like this
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less than 2018-07-18T12:32:53.97Zmore like thismore than 2018-07-18T12:32:53.97Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Toby Perkins more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-07-11more like thismore than 2018-07-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Funeral Payments remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to review the adequacy of the element of the Funeral Expenses Payment that is used to pay funeral directors, coffins and flowers to cover those costs. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Chesterfield more like this
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Toby Perkins more like this
star this property uin 163065 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-07-19more like thismore than 2018-07-19
star this property answer text <p>The Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payments provides a significant contribution towards funeral costs, covering burials, cremations and £700 towards coffins, flowers and other costs. It continues to meet the necessary costs of a cremation or burial for claimants on certain income based benefits or tax credits. Average payments have increased year-on-year to meet these necessary costs, by some 28% over the past ten years.</p><p> </p><p>We have also made interest-free Social Fund Budgeting Loans available for funeral costs in addition to Funeral Expenses Payments. Whilst we are keeping the level of funeral expenses payments under review, we do need to ensure that we have a system that is both fair for taxpayers, while assisting the most vulnerable with funeral expenses.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2018-07-19T14:44:52.437Zmore like thismore than 2018-07-19T14:44:52.437Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Toby Perkins more like this