Despite widespread criticism from bereavement experts and the public, MPs have pressed ahead with changes that will leave many grieving families considerably out of pocket.
The House of Commons recently voted on a cut to bereavement support that will leave 3 in 4 recently widowed parents worse off. The Chancellor has previously received a barrage of criticism for pushing ahead with the changes despite them causing devastating financial problems for bereaved families.
292 of MPs voted for the changes whilst 236 voted against, an unfortunate vote that will leave 75% of widowed parents and their children worse off than they would have been without these cuts.
According to WAY (Widowed and Young), under the new system, set to come into place on 7th April, 91% of widowed parents will receive help for a shorter period of time. On top of this, the average working widowed parent will receive £12,000 less than under the current framework.
“it will be the next generation of bereaved children who will bear the brunt of the cuts”, adding that the changes “undermine parents’ control over decisions about what is best for their grieving children”.
The Funeral Poverty Alliance worked together to halt these changes, which will bring about funeral poverty to a great number of families. Despite wide support for a curb to the legislation, it will go ahead, leaving behind the children of the 1 in 5 parents who are unmarried.
An amazing 92% of all MPs were contacted during the CBN’s campaign to raise awareness and halt the unfair changes, but this was not unfortunately enough to affect the vote. If you want to express to your local MP that you’re unhappy with the upcoming changes, writing a letter is a great tool. See our guide here.