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Funeral Payment and Funeral Poverty Reference Group

Role of the group

The Funeral Payment and Funeral Poverty Reference Group was set up to support Scottish Ministers in developing policy for a new funeral payment.

The group will advise on:

  • the evidence base to support policy decisions
  • the development of options and processes for the new benefit
  • the perspective of users
  • fit with the wider landscape of funeral and bereavement services and current issues
  • interaction with wider Scottish and UK social security benefits

The group first met in March 2016 and is anticipated to have a life of around 18 months, with two to three meetings.

Members

  • Bill Stanley – Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management
  • Bryan Kerr – Church of Scotland
  • Caroline Pretty – Lothian NHS
  • Colin Hunter – Renfrewshire Council (Scottish Local Government Partnership)
  • David Hilferty – Money Advice Scotland
  • TBC – Muslim Council of Scotland
  • Ruth Mendel – Citizens Advice Scotland
  • Garrick Smyth – COSLA
  • Glenda Watt – Scottish Older People's Assembly
  • Graeme McAusland – Funeral Planning Authority
  • Heather Kennedy – Quaker Social Action
  • Jeremy Bath – Catholic Diocese of Edinburgh
  • Jim Bradley – Scottish Pensioners Forum
  • Jim Brodie – Society Of Allied And Independent Funeral Directors
  • Karen Hurst – Association of British Credit Unions Ltd
  • John Birrell – Scottish Working Group on Funeral Poverty
  • Mark Willis – Child Poverty Action Group
  • Paul Cuthell – National Association of Funeral Directors
  • Richard Meade – Marie Curie
  • Simon Cox – Dignity
  • Stewart Wilson – CRUSE Scotland

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