Burial and cremation costs

Last updated: 16 September 2019

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

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

The amount you can get will depend on the council area the person lived in when they died.

Help towards burial and cremation costs in Scottish council areas

Local council Burial and plot Burial only Cremation
Aberdeen City £1,555 £680 £704
Aberdeenshire £1,834 £855 £704
Angus £1,656.60 £670.20 £1,070
Argyll and Bute £1,511 £693 £685
Clackmannanshire £1,991.20 £850.20 £689
Dumfries and Galloway £1,392 £910 £825
Dundee City £1,924 £567 £1,070
East Ayrshire £1,302 £665 £882
East Dunbartonshire £2,316 £1,046 £695
East Lothian £1,630 £790 £783
East Renfrewshire £1,900.80 £897.60 £670
Edinburgh City £2,575 £1,200 £783
Falkirk £1,279 £607 £689
Fife £1,366 £670 £706
Glasgow City £2,360 £1,010 £670
Highland £1,513 £931 £931
Inverclyde £1,853 £892 £681
Midlothian £1,485 £725 £783
Moray £1,657 £887 £1,070
North Ayrshire £1,514 £733 £950
North Lanarkshire £1,937 £948 £860
Orkney Islands £1,193 £570 £704
Perth and Kinross £1,853 £946 £788
Renfrewshire £1,004.90 £512.80 £710
Scottish Borders £1,828.20 £762 £945
Shetland Islands £1,094.50 £528 £704
South Ayrshire £1,684 £842 £882
South Lanarkshire £2,002.42 £867.26 £635.90
Stirling £1,963 £1,107 £689
West Dunbartonshire £1,683 £731 £695
Western Isles £799 £351 £931
West Lothian £1,167.42 £570.12 £865

The table shows 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.

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 died in:

  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland

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