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Burial and cremation costs

When someone dies, you'll have to pay burial or cremation costs as part of their funeral.

You can apply to Social Security Scotland for Funeral Support Payment to help with burial or cremation costs.

The amount you can get will depend on:

  • the council area the person lived in when they died
  • the date of the funeral

Help towards burial and cremation costs in Scottish council areas

The tables show how much help Social Security Scotland can give you in different Scottish council areas for a:

  • burial and plot
  • burial only
  • cremation

This help is for adults aged 18 or over. In Scotland, it usually does not cost anything to bury or cremate a baby, child or young person.

Find out how much help you can get for funerals held:

On or after 1 April 2020

Local council Burial and plot Burial only Cremation
Aberdeen City £1,555 £680 £704
Aberdeenshire £1,889 £881 £795
Angus £1,706.30 £690.30 £1,100
Argyll and Bute £1,814 £832 £788
Clackmannanshire £2,031 £867 £799.70
Dumfries and Galloway £1,392 £910 £825
Dundee City £2,019 £595 £1,070
East Ayrshire £1,302 £665 £882
East Dunbartonshire £2,409 £1,088 £723
East Lothian £1,678.90 £813.70 £783
East Renfrewshire £1,995.84 £942.48 £670
Edinburgh City £2,575 £1,200 £806
Falkirk £1,429 £677 £799.70
Fife £1,476 £724 £762
Glasgow City £2,360 £1,010 £670
Highland £1,558 £959 £959
Inverclyde £1,908.65 £918.80 £722.55
Midlothian £1,693 £827 £783
Moray £1,739 £931 £1,070
North Ayrshire £1,665 £806 £981
North Lanarkshire £1,972 £965 £887
Orkney Islands £1,229 £587 £704
Perth and Kinross £1,853 £946 £788
Renfrewshire £1,085.35 £553.85 £799
Scottish Borders £1,885.40 £786 £895
Shetland Islands £1,149.23 £554 £704
South Ayrshire £1,684 £842 £882
South Lanarkshire £2,055.47 £867.26 £635.90
Stirling £2,021.90 £1,140.20 £895
West Dunbartonshire £1,750 £760 £723
Western Isles £879 £386 £959
West Lothian £1,272.49 £621.43 £895

On or after 1 April 2021

Local council Burial and plot Burial only Cremation
Aberdeen City £1,555.00 £680.00 £704.00
Aberdeenshire £2,136.00 £996.00 £795.00
Angus £1,757.50 £711.00 £1,100.00
Argyll and Bute £1,868.00 £857.00 £812.00
Clackmannanshire £2,031.20 £867.00 £821.00
Dumfries & Galloway £1,512.00 £910.00 £885.00
Dundee City £2,019.00 £595.00 £1,070.00
East Ayrshire £1,302.00 £665.00 £882.00
East Dunbartonshire £2,409.00 £1,088.00 £752.00
East Lothian £1,729.27 £838.11 £834.00
East Renfrewshire £2,062.61 £960.40 £685.00
Edinburgh City £2,754.00 £1,284.00 £834.00
Falkirk £1,581.00 £745.00 £821.00
Fife £1,535.00 £753.00 £792.00
Glasgow City £2,410.00 £1,030.00 £685.00
Highland £1,558.00 £959.00 £959.00
Inverclyde £1,965.85 £946.30 £743.50
Midlothian £1,693.00 £827.00 £834.00
Moray £1,773.78 £949.62 £1,070.00
North Ayrshire £1,665.00 £806.00 £981.00
North Lanarkshire £2,006.00 £989.00 £887.00
Orkney Islands £1,266.00 £605.00 £704.00
Perth and Kinross £1,853.00 £946.00 £788.00
Renfrewshire £1,172.25 £598.20 £849.00
Scottish Borders £1,943.60 £810.00 £857.00
Shetland Islands £1,172.50 £565.50 £704.00
South Ayrshire £1,700.00 £850.00 £882.00
South Lanarkshire £2,134.15 £900.46 £660.24
Stirling £2,053.00 £1,160.00 £895.00
West Dunbartonshire £1,820.00 £790.00 £752.00
Western Isles £965.00 £425.00 £959.00
West Lothian £1,387.01 £677.36 £895.00

Costs for someone who lived in England, Wales or Northern Ireland

You can get help if you live in Scotland and need to pay the burial or cremation costs for someone who lived in:

  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland

You can apply to Social Security Scotland for help. They'll then work out the local burial or cremation costs for the area the person lived in.

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