Guide

Funeral Support Payment
Last updated: 25 October 2019

If the person who died was 17 or under

The payment can be used towards funeral costs for a baby, child or young person aged 17 or under. This includes babies who were stillborn.

A stillbirth is when a baby dies after 24 weeks of pregnancy. You'll have received a stillbirth certificate if your baby was stillborn.

If a baby died before 24 weeks of pregnancy, Funeral Support Payment cannot help towards their funeral costs.

Funeral Support Payment usually will not cover the full cost of a funeral. The expected average total payment is £1,300. In Scotland, it usually does not cost anything to bury or cremate a baby, child or young person aged 17 or under. This means your payment might be lower.

It can help pay towards:

  • burial or cremation costs
  • funeral costs
  • your travel costs
  • transport costs to move the baby, child or young person
  • document costs
  • medical costs

Costs you'll be able to get help with

Most local councils in Scotland do not charge to bury or cremate a baby, child or young person aged 17 or under.

In some locations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the local council will charge for the burial or cremation.

In these cases, the payment will usually cover the cost in the local area where the baby, child or young person lived.

If you're applying for burial or cremation costs for a baby that was stillborn, Social Security Scotland will use the address on the application to work out what you can get. This can be their parent's address or the address of someone applying for them.

Social Security Scotland can only work out how much you'll get when they know where someone lived before they died. This is because different locations have different burial or cremation costs.

You can get a payment of £700 to put towards any other funeral costs you need to pay for, such as the funeral service or funeral car.

You can get help towards travel costs for one return journey to either the:

  • place where you're arranging the funeral
  • funeral location

This includes travel by bus, train and your own car. You can sometimes get money towards travel by taxi, boat and plane. It does not include travel in a funeral car.

Other costs you might be able to get help with

If you need to move the baby, child or young person more than 50 miles, you can get help towards the cost of this.

You'll have to pay for the first 50 miles of any journey. Social Security Scotland can only help pay for the travel over 50 miles. Make sure the funeral director puts the full travel distance onto your bill. This includes the distance of any return journeys.

You can get money towards medical certificates needed to bury or cremate someone. For example, a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death.

You can get money for the cost of certain medical procedures needed before the funeral can go ahead.

Example of how much you could get

The child who died was 5 years old and lived and died in Fife. The person responsible for the funeral would be able to get a total payment of £712.

Payment Amount
Cremation costs

There is no local council fee for cremation of a five year old child in Fife.
£0
Funeral costs

This is a fixed amount of £700 if the funeral is for a child or young person who was 17 or under.
£700
Travel costs

The person responsible for the funeral lived in Edinburgh and needed to travel from Edinburgh to Fife for the funeral.
£12
Transport costs

There were no costs to move the child over 50 miles to the funeral location.
£0
Document costs

The person responsible for the funeral did not need to pay for any medical certificates.
£0
Other costs

There were no costs for any medical procedures.
£0
Total £712