03 February 2020

Westminster can learn from Scotland’s commitment to funeral benefit

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Meera Khanna, Consumer PR Manager
Meera Khanna

Consumer PR Manager - Protection

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Louise Eaton-Terry, funeral cost expert at Royal London comments on the Scottish Government’s announcement to raise the Funeral Support Payment to £1,000 from 1 April

“Scotland has made the right decision to raise the benefit in line with England and Wales and, having previously committed to annual increases, they are now leading the way. Westminster should follow with the same commitment to avoid the benefit being frozen as it has been for the last 16 years. Increasing the benefit in line with inflation will make a real impact on funeral poverty and help those with no choice but to take on debt to pay for a funeral.”

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Notes to editors

  1. Royal London’s National Funeral Cost Index report in 2019 revealed the average cost of a funeral in Scotland was £3,537. This leaves an average shortfall of more than £2,000 if families are successful in applying for the Funeral Support Payment.
  2. More information on the Scottish benefit can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/news/funeral-support-payment-to-be-increased/

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About Royal London:

Royal London is the largest mutual life, pensions and investment company in the UK, with funds under management of £130 billion, 8.8 million policies in force and 4,046 employees. Figures quoted are as at June 2019.