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  • social fund funeral planning research coverCost of Dying Special Report: "Affording a funeral" Social Fund Funeral Payments

     

    In 2012, 17% of those arranging a funeral experienced a funding shortfall which on average was £1,246. With around 560,000 deaths in the UK each year, Funeral Poverty stands at a record level of £118 million, up from £85million in 2010.
     
    We wanted to investigate whether the Social Fund Funeral Payment, the state support available for those struggling to pay for a funeral, is fit for purpose. Sun Life Direct commissioned the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath to conduct qualitative research in order to understand the process and experience that bereaved people went through when applying for a Social Fund Funeral Payment in the UK.  The report below is the results of that research.
     
    You can also watch a video with a funeral payment applicant here

     

    View the complete report:

    Adobe PDF icon  Cost of Dying Special Report: "Affording a funeral" Social Fund Funeral Payments (PDF 0.26MB)  

     

     

     

     

     

     

      

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