A brand new funeral profit has come into impact in Scotland,
offering help for greater than 5,600 much less well-off individuals every year.
The Funeral Assist Fee, which comes into impact from
16 September, is the primary change to the UK funeral profit system since 2003.
Golden Constitution, a funeral plan supplier, stated it welcomed
the launch however pressured that bereaved households to check like-for-like prices
at funeral suppliers.
Funeral prices fluctuate extensively in Scotland however common
round £three,500 with cremations costing simply over £three,000 and burials practically
£four,000. For the UK, common prices are round £three,800 however may be as excessive as
£four,900 in London.
The Funeral Assist Fee replaces the present
Funeral Expense Fee for individuals dwelling in Scotland. The Scottish Authorities
estimates 40% extra households might be helped every year in consequence.
Gordon Swan, Golden Constitution’s director of communications,
stated the Funeral Assist Fee will be sure that extra Scots who qualify can
obtain monetary assist at a time when cash shouldn’t be their largest
“Simply as importantly, the brand new system has been designed to
make the appliance course of less complicated and clearer. Unbiased funeral administrators
have supported the launch and are dedicated to protecting prices down whereas
delivering the private service that households worth,” he added.
The flat charge aspect of the Funeral Assist Fee will
be £700 for many functions.