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Allwood Funeral Directors of Totnes

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Your eligibility to make a claim

If you're are a low income earner and need help to pay for a funeral, you may qualify for a Funeral Payment benefit from the government. The payment is intended to help pay for the funeral and may be recoverable from the deceased person's estate if they have left one, including Insurance or saleable assets. Allwood Funeral Directors can help guide you through the claims process, however we have set out the basics of a making a claim for Funeral Costs below.

Our Funeral Services

  • Traditional Burials or Cremation
  • Natural 'Greener' Funerals
  • Assist with Choosing a Coffin or Casket
  • Dedicated Chapel of Rest
  • Provide Hearse and Funeral Cars
  • Organise Floral tributes and Donations
  • Order of Service and Music
  • Newspaper Announcements
  • Memorials and Cremation Caskets

When you experience a bereavement of a loved one, it can be a very stressful and emotional time so we are here to help and advise you in any way we can.

A guide to help you assess your eligibility to make a claim

If the person who died had a pre-paid funeral plan, you may only get help for items not covered by the plan. Usually, if the funeral director hasn't been paid, the money is paid to them. If the funeral director has been paid, the money is paid into your account - eg a bank account.

  • Burial fees and exclusive rights to burial in a particular plot
  • Cremation fees, including the cost of the doctor's certificate
  • Up to £700 for funeral expenses, eg funeral director's fees, flowers, coffin
  • Travel to arrange or go to the funeral
  • The costs for moving the body within the UK - but only for the part of the journey that's over 50 miles

You must apply within 3 months of the funeral. You can make a claim even if you're waiting for a decision on a qualifying benefit. How much you get also depends on any other money available, eg from an insurance policy or the deceased's estate.

  • Claim in time
  • Get certain benefits or tax credits
  • Meet the rules on your relationship with the deceased

If a close relative of the deceased isn't getting one of the qualifying benefits you may not be able to claim Funeral Payment.

Rules on your relationship with the deceased

You must be one of the following:

  • The partner of the deceased when they died
  • A close relative or close friend of the deceased
  • The parent of a baby stillborn after 24 weeks of pregnancy
  • The parent of the deceased child, if they were under 16 (or under 20 and not in full-time education)

Benefits and tax credits

You, or your partner must get one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Universal credit
  • The disability or severe disability element of Working Tax Credit

  • You can post or take the claim to your local jobcentre plus
  • Over the Telephone : 0845 606 0265 You must apply within 3 months of the funeral, even if you're waiting for a decision on a qualifying benefit.

Allwood Funeral Directors Covering Devon, Torbay and the South Hams

For more information about any of our services please call, we are available 24 hours a day and 365 days of the year