HC Deb 03 July 1995 vol 263 c83W
Mr. Gunnell

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what changes have been made to the social fund funeral expenses regulations following those published in Cm 2858 in May. [31710]

Mr. Roger Evans

The Social Fund Maternity and Funeral Expenses (General) Amendments Regulations (SI 1995/1229) were laid on 9 May this year and came into force on 5 June.

The funeral payment scheme covers all the reasonable costs of burial or cremation disbursements arranged by the funeral director and allows up to £500 for his services. Everyone who is entitled to help with arranging a funeral through the social fund will be able to choose either a burial or cremation in all parts of the country. So total costs paid by the taxpayer could, in the case of burials, exceed £1,000.

A copy of the regulations is available in the Library.