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  1. Hi, My mum sadly passed away in August in Hospital, aged only 52. I have taken on the responsibility of arranging her funeral. She left no will nor did she have any assets, at the time of her death she was claiming ESA and living in a hostel. I have filled in the post office form to close her account but I doubt very much that there was much if anything in there as I went to her accommodation after she passed and she had been counting coppers before she was taken to hospital. I have spoken to the DWP bereavement service this morning about help with funeral costs, they
  2. Hi, Hope someone can help. Our daughter recently died.We have had the funeral but the matter of costs is worrying. She has no estate as such and only has around £800 in her account . She received an ESA payment of around £250 2 days after death and one weeks housing benefit of around £80. My main question is her funeral has cost around £2600 + , we paid the cremation fees and cost for a celebrant up front which was around £1000. There is a £1600 bill to be paid to the funeral directors which is due on the 10th April. My brother in law who used to be a bank manager is dealing with
  3. Children’s Funeral Fund for England READ MORE HERE: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/childrens-funeral-fund-for-england
  4. Hi, Im desperately hoping someone can advise... To cut a really long story short, i took a career break from my bank job to care for my sick husband in 2012. It left us with minimum income other than disability allowance and carers allowance as because i was still classed as employed we were told we couldnt claim any other benefit, not that we wanted to. We never have had any state benefits. My husband passed away in 2013 and i had to pay his funeral costs, half of which i paid upfront. His family were meant to pay the other half but never did. Subsequentl
  5. Hi. Sadly my sister passed away last week, she was not too well after her husband had a heart attack 5 months ago. My sister wasn't very well and was receiving £300 DLA per month and £700 Universal Credit per month. I spoke with my mum and stepdad who have said they have been to the funeral directors today and they are asking for £1800. My mum and step dad are both retired and are what you could call low income. They definitely do not have the means to pay such funds. We are in the belief that the social services should be doing more to liaise with the funeral directors
  6. Recently my father who i have not seen for over 40 years recently passed away, my brother has been in contact with our father over the years but nothing recent. My brother has confirmed he had a policy to cover his funeral but he amount is only £1,600.00 My brother who is on benefits has contacted the DWP with regard to the funeral payment but has been told as our father had other family member not on benefit he cannot claim the payment. According to the DWP he cannot apply or receive the funeral payment due to our late father having 2 other children, my brother explained that we had no
  7. Hello all I have joined this site to ask for some serious advice, as I can't find a strait forward answer anywhere and not so trusting of Youtube video's, without meaning to discredit the knowledge obtainable and to be disrespectful, I'm just an anallytical kind of person. My case is one which has caused me a lot of suffering my father passed away back in 2015, I rang around to find the cheapest funeral option for myself to take out (sounds bad I know, money is tight) I contacted one director who gave me a price of £3100.00, who then dropped it down to £2900.00. Just under half was p
  8. Hi everyone, I'm looking for some advice please. To cut a long story short my husband died 3 years ago. He left me with a business which had an enormous amount of debt and I have been dealing with those since (it has now ceased trading) and continue to do so, it has not been an easy 3 years. I am at my wits end with a personal creditor in relation to my husbands funeral costs which given the situation seems ironic as most of the other creditors have agreed reasonable plans (or i would have been forced to go bankrupt) but these just wont budge. The debt began as £2
  9. Hi, hope someone can help me. My dad passed away the end of august with nothing, no estate or anything, only £300 in his bank account. He had 2 accounts with halifax one with an overdraft of £300 which he had maxed and the other with £300 of his own money. We had the funeral and applied for a dwp funeral grant which they have given us £815 for the cremation and £700 for everything else but have taken £300 off because that is what he had in his bank account. the thing is halifax took this money to pay the overdraft on his other account. When we applied for
  10. Does anyone know who to complain to if dis-satisfied with the funeral directors? I didn't want to give detail here incase I am in wrong thread or it's not something this website deals with. It is a very distressing time for me and I do not know where to turn. Thanks in advance.
  11. Hello. My father died two months ago and following on from this my mother made a claim for a DWP funeral expenses payment. Initially the claim was denied as they deemed my mother wasn't in receipt of a qualifying benefit at the material time. She was and had submitted evidence of this benefit with her original application. Following a phone call to the DWP my mother re-submitted evidence of the qualifying benefit by email and the decision was reconsidered. She's received a letter and has been awarded a sum but it is reduced as they've said that there was money in my father's ac
  12. Following the loss of my late husband I have submitted an application to the DWP Social Fund for assistance with a Funeral payment. At the time of telephoning the DWP the clerk obviously hadn't had empathy training but that's being dealt with seperately, but he sent the form out. Apparently, their rules are that they will make payment(s) directly to the funeral directors if the whole amount has not been paid in full. Surely that implies I wouldn't pay the F/D and brands me a thief of public funds? I have paid the third party dispersements of £3K (short term loan from family friend)
  13. Hi Please can you help me, my mum passed away in July. I could not afford funeral costs, received a payment from social fund. Have recently received a letter requesting repayment, I'm so worried that they will force me to sale our house, have always lived with my mum. I am in the process of applying for probate, its taken sometime to get things sorted haven't felt like doing very much, not coping very well. There are so many issues I'm concerned about,receiving ESA at the moment, there was a shortfall in the funeral cost,the funeral home have been kind allowed me to pay installment,
  14. Hello Can you tell me if there are any schemes to help pay for my dads funeral. I have bad credit which means I cannot apply for loans and my dad, (widowed) did not leave any money for his funeral costs. He took a long time to pass away and past away on Wednesday 08th October, ( I found out on the Saturday 13th October 2014). My sister and few family friends cannot afford the funeral costs. I work for the NHS Hope you can help. BW
  15. I'm posting this for a close relative who sadly lost her adult son this week. He was on benefits for mental health problems when he died. The funeral is yet to be arranged but where does she stand. Although she is retired herself, she does not and is not entitled to any other benefits but only just manages on her pension and private pension. She is by no means wealthy, so what I would like to know is, will she be able to pay the funeral director in monthly instalments or will she be expected to find the full cost of the funeral immediately.
  16. My step father passed away in early 2010. We arranged a funeral service with a local company. As my sister, who was 17 at the time, was officially his next of kin (I am not blood related) she asked about claiming the funeral costs through the DWP. The funeral provider assured her this was possible, and that they could offer a basic service with a cremation. They helped her fill out the forms for the DWP and sent them off. Approximately 2 months after the funeral, the funeral directors wrote to her asking about payment. She in turn phoned the DWP and they simply repli
  17. I'm not sure it is a benefit as such butI thought people here might know the answer to my question. If someone who receives an income related benefit died and had young adult children. 2 worked but one was in receipt of IS, would that person claiming IS be able to claim for a funeral grant for their parent? Or would the Government just say the other working children should pay? The working children earn low wage and all of it goes on their living expenses and they have no savings so no spare money at all, but they do not claim any benefits either. Thanks.
  18. 14th February - 1.45 pm Church address for Martins funeral.- Service 1.45pm. Burial 2.30pm. Church Hall with Family and Friends 3.00pm onwards St Mary's Lowe House North Road St.Helens Merseyside WA10 2BE
  19. Hi guys i have a major problem and don't know where to turn.My wife has tried to claim for a funeral grant on advice of CAB but being refused due to her brothers and sisters not on qualifying benefits we are stuck and can't cremate her father due to this there is no money to fund £2200 which we have been quoted any advise please it may not be right section and correct if appropiate
  20. hi this is mostly for my mother-in-law, my father-in-law passed away from cancer a few months ago. he had no assets and no money, the insurance policy he had was only 6 months old so basically no good. when arranging the funeral it was made clear that she had no money and would be applying for a furenal grant from the social fund to cover the costs. well as it is they have paid £1055 off the funeral which is the cost of burial plus £700 towards other costs. the total bill is £2800 so she is left with £1700 to pay and no money to pay it she has made an appeal to the social fund, but
  21. I have been charged £4,534.00 for a simple funeral in Kent. Does anyone know if this is excessive and if so who do I go to for help? debgirl
  22. My Mum died in May and my Dad used the co-op for the funeral, I went with my dad to sort out everything and we were told the cheapest was £2,200, which we accepted. My Dad is a pensioner and had to get a grant of £1,200 from the authorities, he has no money so my sisters and myself paid the extra 1,000 which we paid up front, and My dad then paid the 1,200 when his grant came through, my dad has no way of repaying my Sisters and me and as it was for my Mum we have written off the money. HOWEVER. Yesterday my dad and one of my Sisters saw an expose on Co-op funeral service and it
  23. A very prestigious cardiologist died, and was given a very elaborate funeral by the hospital he worked for most of his life... A huge heart... covered in flowers stood behind the casket during the service as all the doctors from the hospital sat in awe. Following the eulogy, the heart opened, and the casket rolled inside. The heart then closed, sealing the doctor in the beautiful heart forever. At that point, one of the mourners just burst into laughter. When all eyes stared at him, he said, 'I'm so sorry... I was just thinking of my own funeral...I'm a gynecologist!'
  24. The Traffic Warden’s funeral As the coffin was being lowered into the ground at a Traffic Warden’s funeral a voice from inside squawks: "I'm not dead, I'm not dead! Let me out!!!" The Vicar smiles, leans forward sucking air through his teeth and mutters: "Too late pal, paperwork’s already done"
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