University questions funeral support

Researchers at the University of Bath are appealing to people in Scotland to help them investigate whether the Government is giving enough financial support to allow everyone to provide a basic funeral for their loved ones.

Academics from the Centre for Death & Society (CDAS) within the University’s Department of Social & Policy Science are examining the current Funeral Payment Scheme to find out if it is enough to cover the costs of a funeral.

The Funeral Payment Scheme is part of the Government’s Social Fund, which supports the poor and vulnerable who cannot afford the costs of some necessities.

To date, very little information has been collated and documented regarding how people apply and use the Scheme, despite concerns being raised about the feasibility of other aspects of the Social Fund, such as winter fuel payments and maternity grants.

Now the researchers are building on this by investigating the processes and experiences of applying to the scheme from those who have been both successful and unsuccessful in their applications.

A full report will be launched in Dying Matters week, May 14-18, 2012.

To share your story please contact the University of Bath’s Centre for Death & Society on 01225 386949 or email