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Many funeral directors will waive basic fees for children's
funerals. If you are on a low income you may be eligible for a
funeral payment. This is a grant to help meet the costs of a simple
funeral, and it doesn't need to be paid back.
You may be able to get a funeral payment if you are the child's
parent, or you were receiving Child Benefit for the child who has
passed away, and you are in receipt of one of the following
If you have taken on responsibility for funeral costs and you
are neither the child's parent, nor someone who was getting Child
Benefit for them, call our freephone helpline for further
You will be refused if there is another parent - for instance an
ex-partner - who is not getting a qualifying benefit. In these
circumstances, you will only get a funeral payment if that other
parent was 'estranged' from the child. By this, the Department for
Work and Pensions (DWP) mean that there was a breakdown in the
relationship between that other parent and your child.
You must claim within three months of the funeral, on form
SF200, available from the Bereavement Service Helpline on 0345 606
0265. You can also download
the form at gov.uk.
In Northern Ireland you can get a form from your local social
security office or download
it from nidirect.gov.uk
Bear in mind that a funeral payment is only likely to meet some
of the funeral costs. The gov.uk website has information on the types
of funeral costs that can be met. More detailed information on
the costs met, and of other potential sources of financial help,
such as charitable trusts, is available from our freephone helpline.
If your child had any assets then a funeral payment may be
recovered from their estate.