Funeral Poverty

31 March 2016
The NCPC has commented on the Select Committee report on funeral poverty.

The Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee has published a report into state bereavement support, making several recommendations aimed at reducing funeral poverty. 

Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care, said in response: “Losing someone you love is always a traumatic experience, but nobody should have to worry about the cost of a decent funeral at the same time. We know from earlier research that the financial impact of bereavement can last far longer than people expect, and so welcome the calls to extend the Bereavement Support Benefit and exempt the Widowed Parents’ Allowance. 

“This report is a step in the right direction, but we need to see its recommendations implemented to make a different to the hundreds of thousands of families who lose a loved one each year.”

More information on the Select Committee report can be found here

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