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Funeral Costs Plan

Published: 8 Aug 2017
Part of:
Communities and third sector, Equality and rights

Action plan to tackle funeral poverty and make more affordable funeral options available.

21 page PDF


21 page PDF


Funeral Costs Plan
Timeline of progress so far and next steps

21 page PDF


Timeline of progress so far and next steps

November 2014: Smith Commission agrees Funeral Payment should be one of the 11 benefits devolved to the Scottish Parliament

March 2015: Removal of the doctor's fee for the bereaved from cremation costs.

October 2015: John Birrell and Citizens Advice Scotland asked to prepare a report on Funeral Poverty in Scotland

February 2016: SG response to the Review of Funeral Poverty published

March 2016: Scotland Act 2016 receives Royal Assent

March 2016: Funeral Expense Assistance and Funeral Poverty Reference Group established

April 2016: Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 receives Royal Assent

October 2016: Fairer Scotland Action Plan published

October 2016: 3 round table discussions hosted by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities with the funeral industry, local authorities and the third sector

November 2016: SG hosts the National Conference on Funeral Poverty

April 2017: Launch of training for advisors on the current DWP Funeral Payment

June 2017: Social Security Bill introduced to the Scottish Parliament

August 2017: Publication of Funeral Costs Plan and Planning Your Own Funeral leaflet. Launch of training for advisors on funeral poverty

By December 2018: SG guidance on funeral costs published

By summer 2019: Launch of Scottish Funeral Expense Assistance benefit

By autumn 2020: Launch of Pilot Scottish funeral bond