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star this property date less than 2014-12-12more like thismore than 2014-12-12
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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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 8 December 2014 to Question 216782, what steps his Department is taking to improve the administration process for funeral payments. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 218572 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-16more like thismore than 2014-12-16
star this property answer text <p /> <p>We are currently taking steps to improve the scheme and will continue to monitor its effectiveness so that it continues to meet its aim of providing a contribution towards the cost of a funeral. For example staff are working with the Bereavement Service, the main conduit of initial applications, to ensure where possible they collect all the required evidence and information at the earliest possible juncture, smoothing and improving the process for claimants. On-going improvements such as this ensure claims are dealt with in a timely and consistent manner and are in the best interests of those needing the scheme’s support.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-12-16T12:41:43.79Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
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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 is the average time taken to process an application for funeral expenses from the Social Fund from application submission to decision in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales, (d) England, (e) Northern Ireland in each of the last four years for which figures are available. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Airdrie and Shotts more like this
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Pamela Nash more like this
star this property uin 218763 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-18more like thismore than 2014-12-18
star this property answer text <p>The average number of working days taken to process applications for funeral payments in England, Scotland, Wales and Great Britain are set out for each of the last four financial years in Table 1 below.</p><p> </p><p>Information regarding funeral payments for Northern Ireland is a matter for the Northern Ireland office.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Table 1: Average working days taken to process applications for funeral payments in </strong><strong>England</strong><strong>, </strong><strong>Scotland</strong><strong>, </strong><strong>Wales</strong><strong> and Great Britain, 2010/11 to 2013/14</strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td rowspan="2"> </td><td colspan="4"><p><strong>Financial Year</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2010/11</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2011/12</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2012/13</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2013/14</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>England</strong></p></td><td><p>14.8</p></td><td><p>13.7</p></td><td><p>14.6</p></td><td><p>18.3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Scotland</strong></p></td><td><p>13.9</p></td><td><p>14.5</p></td><td><p>14.4</p></td><td><p>19</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Wales</strong></p></td><td><p>11.6</p></td><td><p>12.8</p></td><td><p>16.9</p></td><td><p>19.5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Great Britain</strong></p></td><td><p>14.5</p></td><td><p>13.8</p></td><td><p>14.7</p></td><td><p>18.4</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>For additional context, the average monthly clearance times between April 2014 and November 2014 are given in Table 2. As these figures are based on a shorter time frame and Funeral Payment applications vary throughout the year; please note that these figures are not directly comparable to those in Table 1.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Table 2: Average number of working days taken to process applications for funeral payments in </strong><strong>England</strong><strong>, </strong><strong>Scotland</strong><strong>, </strong><strong>Wales</strong><strong> and </strong><strong>Great Britain</strong><strong>, by month, April 2014 to November 2014</strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Month</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>England</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Wales</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Scotland</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Great Britain</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Apr-14</p></td><td><p>21.4</p></td><td><p>22.9</p></td><td><p>20.9</p></td><td><p>21.4</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>May-14</p></td><td><p>22.7</p></td><td><p>23.7</p></td><td><p>20.5</p></td><td><p>22.6</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Jun-14</p></td><td><p>21.3</p></td><td><p>23.4</p></td><td><p>20.2</p></td><td><p>21.3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Jul-14</p></td><td><p>17.3</p></td><td><p>18.7</p></td><td><p>14.9</p></td><td><p>17.1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Aug-14</p></td><td><p>17.0</p></td><td><p>16.5</p></td><td><p>13.1</p></td><td><p>16.5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sep-14</p></td><td><p>18.4</p></td><td><p>18.0</p></td><td><p>15.0</p></td><td><p>17.9</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Oct-14</p></td><td><p>19.7</p></td><td><p>25.2</p></td><td><p>13.2</p></td><td><p>19.2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Nov-14</p></td><td><p>13.2</p></td><td><p>14.1</p></td><td><p>17.1</p></td><td><p>13.7</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Apr-14 to Nov-14</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>19.0</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>20.3</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>16.9</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>18.8</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Notes</strong></p><p> </p><p>· These figures do not include applications which were processed clerically and have not been entered on to the Social Fund Computer System.</p><p>· The clearance time for funeral payment applications is measured in whole working days from the date the application is received until the date the decision is taken.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-12-18T17:07:57.223Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T17:07:57.223Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Pamela Nash more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-05more like thismore than 2015-01-05
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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, for what reason the amount granted in Social Fund funeral payments has not risen for more than 10 years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Hall Green more like this
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Mr Roger Godsiff more like this
star this property uin 219706 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 2015-01-12more like thismore than 2015-01-12
star this property answer text <p /> <p>We are conscious of the rise in burial and cremation fees. That is why the Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payment covers specified necessary costs. As these have increased in time, so has that portion of the overall Social Fund Funeral Payment. As such, the Government has protected these payments. The Social Fund Funeral Payment scheme continues to provide help towards a simple, respectful, low-cost funeral and the average funeral expenses payment in 2002/03 was £929 rising in 2013/14 to £1,347.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>This Government has also extended the Social Fund Budgeting Loans scheme so that these are also available to those on income related benefits to help towards the costs relating to funeral expenses.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2015-01-12T12:32:25.523Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-12T12:32:25.523Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Roger Godsiff more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-13more like thismore than 2015-01-13
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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 question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2014 to Question 216270, whether the average payment made by the Social Fund Funeral Payment scheme is intended to cover the whole cost of a simple, respectful, low-cost funeral; by what methodology he has assessed the total cost of such a funeral; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Brighton, Pavilion more like this
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Caroline Lucas more like this
star this property uin 220516 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-20more like thismore than 2015-01-20
star this property answer text <p /> <p>The Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payment has from its creation, as the claim form and guidance makes clear, provided help towards the cost of funerals for eligible claimants. This includes those necessary costs of burial or cremation, which will be met in full and a significant contribution of up to £700 towards other costs.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2015-01-20T12:14:04.833Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-20T12:14:04.833Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Caroline Lucas more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-28more like thismore than 2015-01-28
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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, how many people have received funeral payments in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Enfield in each of the last 10 years; how much those payments amount to; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Edmonton more like this
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Mr Andrew Love more like this
star this property uin 222358 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-02-04more like thismore than 2015-02-04
star this property answer text <p>Tables 1 and 2 show the number of Funeral Payment awards and expenditure amount in England, London and North and North East London Budget Area between 2004/05 and 2013/14.</p><p> </p><p>DWP does not hold information about the number of people receiving Funeral Payment awards in a given time period. The number of awards made in each year is not equal to the number of people who received awards as an individual may have made multiple applications in that period.</p><p> </p><p>The lowest geographical level at which we hold Funeral Payment data is by Social Fund Budget Area; the geographical areas used to administer the Social Fund in Great Britain. Since 2008/09, the Budget Area covering Enfield is North and North East London, which also covers Waltham Forest and Barking and Dagenham as well as parts of Barnet, Hackney, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Islington and Redbridge. Earlier figures for this area are not available.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Table 1: Funeral Payment awards in </strong><strong>England</strong><strong>, </strong><strong>London</strong><strong> and North and North </strong><strong>East London</strong><strong>, 2004/05 to 2013/14</strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>England</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>London</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>North and North<br> </strong><strong>East London</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2004/05</strong></p></td><td><p>34,700</p></td><td><p>4,800</p></td><td><p>-</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2005/06</strong></p></td><td><p>33,400</p></td><td><p>4,500</p></td><td><p>-</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2006/07</strong></p></td><td><p>32,700</p></td><td><p>4,300</p></td><td><p>-</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2007/08</strong></p></td><td><p>31,300</p></td><td><p>4,100</p></td><td><p>-</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2008/09</strong></p></td><td><p>32,500</p></td><td><p>4,200</p></td><td><p>800</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2009/10</strong></p></td><td><p>31,200</p></td><td><p>4,400</p></td><td><p>800</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2010/11</strong></p></td><td><p>30,500</p></td><td><p>3,800</p></td><td><p>800</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2011/12</strong></p></td><td><p>30,200</p></td><td><p>3,900</p></td><td><p>800</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2012/13</strong></p></td><td><p>28,000</p></td><td><p>3,600</p></td><td><p>900</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2013/14</strong></p></td><td><p>26,600</p></td><td><p>3,500</p></td><td><p>800</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Source: DWP Policy, Budget and Management Information System</p><p><strong><br> </strong></p><p><strong>Table 2: Funeral Payment expenditure in </strong><strong>England</strong><strong>, </strong><strong>London</strong><strong> and North and North </strong><strong>East London</strong><strong>, 2004/05 to 2013/14</strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>England</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>London</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>North and North<br> </strong><strong>East London</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2004/05</strong></p></td><td><p>£36,925,100</p></td><td><p>£5,961,200</p></td><td><p>-</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2005/06</strong></p></td><td><p>£36,643,600</p></td><td><p>£5,819,400</p></td><td><p>-</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2006/07</strong></p></td><td><p>£37,148,000</p></td><td><p>£5,814,900</p></td><td><p>-</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2007/08</strong></p></td><td><p>£36,987,600</p></td><td><p>£5,959,300</p></td><td><p>-</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2008/09</strong></p></td><td><p>£39,495,800</p></td><td><p>£6,511,000</p></td><td><p>£1,260,500</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2009/10</strong></p></td><td><p>£38,410,300</p></td><td><p>£6,769,600</p></td><td><p>£1,274,400</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2010/11</strong></p></td><td><p>£37,445,800</p></td><td><p>£5,879,700</p></td><td><p>£1,294,800</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2011/12</strong></p></td><td><p>£37,723,000</p></td><td><p>£6,226,400</p></td><td><p>£1,347,300</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2012/13</strong></p></td><td><p>£34,617,200</p></td><td><p>£5,590,100</p></td><td><p>£1,390,800</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2013/14</strong></p></td><td><p>£36,185,500</p></td><td><p>£5,979,600</p></td><td><p>£1,429,500</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Source: DWP Policy, Budget and Management Information System</p><p> </p><p><strong>Notes</strong></p><p> </p><p>· These figures do not include applications which were processed clerically and have not been entered on to the Social Fund Computer System.</p><p>· All figures are rounded to the nearest £100.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2015-02-04T11:49:46.513Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-04T11:49:46.513Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Andrew Love more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-02-20more like thismore than 2015-02-20
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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 estimate his Department has made of the cost of increasing the other funeral expenses category of the social fund funeral payments scheme in line with inflation since the level was set at £700 in 2003. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Hall Green more like this
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Mr Roger Godsiff more like this
star this property uin 224546 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-02-26more like thismore than 2015-02-26
star this property answer text <p>There has been no estimate as we do not know what people would have claimed if the limit was higher. However, it is vital that the Government ensures that any scheme funded by the taxpayer is managed properly and the money spent wisely. The funding offered from both Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payments and Budgeting Loans continues support towards the cost of a funeral, including necessary costs in full, whilst maintaining a fiscally viable fund.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2015-02-26T14:30:37.957Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-26T14:30:37.957Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Roger Godsiff more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-06-23more like thismore than 2015-06-23
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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 question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each benefit delivery area (a) applied for and (b) received funeral payments in 2014. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Preston more like this
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Mr Mark Hendrick more like this
star this property uin 3868 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Table shows the number of Funeral Payment applications and awards over the 2014 calendar year broken down by Social Fund Budget Area.</p><p> </p><p>The DWP holds information on the number of applications received and awards made. Some people may have made more than one application in which case each application and any subsequent award would be counted separately in the table.</p><p> </p><p>National figures for Funeral Payments are published in the Annual Report by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the Social Fund.</p><p> </p><p>Table. Number of applications and awards made for Funeral Payments over the 2014 calendar year, broken down by Social Fund Budget Area</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Jobcentre Plus Social Fund Budget Area<br> by region</p></td><td><p>Applications <br> (thousands)</p></td><td><p>Awards <br> (thousands)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>East of England</p></td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>Essex</p></td><td><p>1.2</p></td><td><p>0.7</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Norwich Benefit Delivery Centre</p></td><td><p>2.5</p></td><td><p>1.4</p></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>East Midlands</p></td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>East Midlands North</p></td><td><p>1.5</p></td><td><p>1.0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South East Midlands</p></td><td><p>2.0</p></td><td><p>1.2</p></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>London</p></td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>Central and East London</p></td><td><p>1.3</p></td><td><p>0.8</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>London South</p></td><td><p>2.4</p></td><td><p>1.4</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>North and North East London</p></td><td><p>1.4</p></td><td><p>0.8</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>West London</p></td><td><p>1.0</p></td><td><p>0.6</p></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>North East</p></td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>Northumbria</p></td><td><p>1.1</p></td><td><p>0.7</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South Tyne and Wear Valley</p></td><td><p>1.2</p></td><td><p>0.7</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Tees Valley</p></td><td><p>0.8</p></td><td><p>0.5</p></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>North West</p></td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>Chorlton Benefit Delivery Centre</p></td><td><p>5.0</p></td><td><p>2.9</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Greater Liverpool and Cheshire</p></td><td><p>3.3</p></td><td><p>2.0</p></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>Scotland</p></td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>Inverness Benefit Delivery Centre</p></td><td><p>1.9</p></td><td><p>1.2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Springburn Benefit Delivery Centre</p></td><td><p>4.5</p></td><td><p>3.0</p></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>South East</p></td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>South East - Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey</p></td><td><p>1.3</p></td><td><p>0.8</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South East – Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent and Sussex</p></td><td><p>3.3</p></td><td><p>2.0</p></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>South West</p></td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>South West Central</p></td><td><p>3.4</p></td><td><p>2.0</p></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>Wales</p></td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>Llanelli Benefit Delivery Centre</p></td><td><p>1.1</p></td><td><p>0.7</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South East Wales</p></td><td><p>2.2</p></td><td><p>1.4</p></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>West Midlands</p></td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>West Midlands Social Fund</p></td><td><p>5.2</p></td><td><p>3.2</p></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>Yorkshire and Humberside</p></td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>Yorkshire &amp; Humberside Bradford</p></td><td><p>1.4</p></td><td><p>0.9</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Yorkshire &amp; Humberside Sheffield</p></td><td><p>3.6</p></td><td><p>2.3</p></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>Total in GB</p></td><td><p>52.5</p></td><td><p>32.3</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Source: DWP Policy, Budget and Management Information System</p><p> </p><p>Notes</p><p>· Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred and are given in thousands</p>
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the budget for the Social Fund Funeral Payment scheme has been in each of the last five years. more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payments are made to all applicants who satisfy the eligibility criteria. Expenditure in the last five years was as follows:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Expenditure</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014/15</p></td><td><p>£44.2m</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>£44.7m</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>£43.1m</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011/12</p></td><td><p>£46.7m</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010/11</p></td><td><p>£46.5m</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><em>Source: DWP Policy, Budget and Management Information System</em></p> more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for funeral payments were (a) made and (b) granted in each region in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12, (iii) 2012-13, (iv) 2013-14 and (v) 2014-15; and if he will make a statement. more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Tables 1 and 2 give the number of the Funeral Expense Payment applications received and awards made by the Department for Work and Pensions by region from 2010/11 to 2014/15.</p><p><strong>Table 1: Funeral Expense Payment applications received by region, 2010/11 to 2014/15</strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Region</p></td><td><p>2010/11</p></td><td><p>2011/12</p></td><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>2014/15</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>East of England</p></td><td><p>4,200</p></td><td><p>4,800</p></td><td><p>4,700</p></td><td><p>4,100</p></td><td><p>3,500</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>East Midlands</p></td><td><p>8,400</p></td><td><p>4,600</p></td><td><p>4,500</p></td><td><p>4,000</p></td><td><p>3,200</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>London</p></td><td><p>6,800</p></td><td><p>6,900</p></td><td><p>6,700</p></td><td><p>6,500</p></td><td><p>5,800</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>North East</p></td><td><p>4,400</p></td><td><p>4,700</p></td><td><p>4,200</p></td><td><p>3,600</p></td><td><p>3,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>North West</p></td><td><p>10,600</p></td><td><p>10,400</p></td><td><p>10,300</p></td><td><p>9,200</p></td><td><p>8,100</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Scotland</p></td><td><p>8,300</p></td><td><p>8,500</p></td><td><p>8,000</p></td><td><p>7,400</p></td><td><p>6,300</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South East</p></td><td><p>6,200</p></td><td><p>6,400</p></td><td><p>5,700</p></td><td><p>5,200</p></td><td><p>4,400</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South West</p></td><td><p>4,000</p></td><td><p>4,300</p></td><td><p>4,200</p></td><td><p>4,000</p></td><td><p>3,100</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wales</p></td><td><p>4,300</p></td><td><p>4,300</p></td><td><p>4,400</p></td><td><p>3,700</p></td><td><p>3,500</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>West Midlands</p></td><td><p>7,200</p></td><td><p>6,800</p></td><td><p>6,600</p></td><td><p>6,000</p></td><td><p>4,900</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Yorkshire and Humberside</p></td><td><p>4,300</p></td><td><p>6,700</p></td><td><p>6,400</p></td><td><p>5,500</p></td><td><p>4,900</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Total</p></td><td><p>68,800</p></td><td><p>68,500</p></td><td><p>65,600</p></td><td><p>59,100</p></td><td><p>50,600</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong>Table 2: Funeral Expense Payment awards made by region, 2010/11 to 2014/15</strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Region</p></td><td><p>2010/11</p></td><td><p>2011/12</p></td><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>2014/15</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>East of England</p></td><td><p>2,500</p></td><td><p>2,600</p></td><td><p>2,500</p></td><td><p>2,200</p></td><td><p>2,200</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>East Midlands</p></td><td><p>4,200</p></td><td><p>2,500</p></td><td><p>2,300</p></td><td><p>2,200</p></td><td><p>2,100</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>London</p></td><td><p>3,800</p></td><td><p>3,900</p></td><td><p>3,600</p></td><td><p>3,500</p></td><td><p>3,600</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>North East</p></td><td><p>2,400</p></td><td><p>2,400</p></td><td><p>2,100</p></td><td><p>1,900</p></td><td><p>2,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>North West</p></td><td><p>6,100</p></td><td><p>6,100</p></td><td><p>5,700</p></td><td><p>5,300</p></td><td><p>5,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Scotland</p></td><td><p>5,100</p></td><td><p>5,000</p></td><td><p>4,800</p></td><td><p>4,400</p></td><td><p>4,300</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South East</p></td><td><p>3,100</p></td><td><p>2,900</p></td><td><p>2,500</p></td><td><p>2,700</p></td><td><p>2,700</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South West</p></td><td><p>1,800</p></td><td><p>2,300</p></td><td><p>2,100</p></td><td><p>2,100</p></td><td><p>1,900</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wales</p></td><td><p>2,600</p></td><td><p>2,400</p></td><td><p>2,400</p></td><td><p>2,200</p></td><td><p>2,200</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>West Midlands</p></td><td><p>4,100</p></td><td><p>3,800</p></td><td><p>3,700</p></td><td><p>3,300</p></td><td><p>3,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Yorkshire and Humberside</p></td><td><p>2,500</p></td><td><p>3,600</p></td><td><p>3,500</p></td><td><p>3,300</p></td><td><p>3,200</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Total</p></td><td><p>38,200</p></td><td><p>37,700</p></td><td><p>35,200</p></td><td><p>33,100</p></td><td><p>32,100</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Notes:</p><ul><li>All figures are rounded to the nearest 100.</li></ul><ul><li>Figures may not sum due to rounding.</li></ul><ul><li>The applications figures are based on applications received by DWP, not applications processed. Some applications may have been withdrawn before a decision was made.</li></ul><ul><li>The award figures include awards made after review, reconsideration or appeal following an initial refusal.</li></ul><ul><li>These figures do not include cases which have been processed clerically and have not been entered on to the Social Fund Computer System.</li></ul>
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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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 support his Department is giving to people on low incomes who are unable to cover the costs of a funeral deposit. more like this
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Simon Danczuk more like this
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star this property answer text <p>I believe it is important that help is available to people on low incomes when they face moments of unforeseeable and exceptional need. For this reason, the Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payments scheme provides help to people on qualifying benefits with funeral costs.</p><p>Social Fund Budgeting Loans, which can be made to people who have been in receipt of a qualifying benefit for at least 26 weeks, are also available to support people with funeral costs. Budgeting Loans can be made irrespective of whether the applicant has claimed or is entitled to a Funeral Expenses Payment, and can therefore help where a deposit is required up front.</p> more like this
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