Church Action on Poverty has long been supportive of our work on funeral poverty, recognising funerals as an essential purchase which carries a “poverty premium”. In their own campaigning work they have featured our two initiatives on funeral poverty: the support we provide at Down to Earth and our Fair Funerals campaign. They are also a founding member of the Funeral Poverty Alliance which was established in 2014.
Down to Earth's manager, Fiona Singleton is quoted as saying:
“At Down to Earth we believe access to a dignified funeral, without getting into crippling debt, is a basic human right."
We hope this paper sparks more conversations around funeral poverty and how it is hitting those on the lowest incomes the hardest.
This year QSA won a Third Sector award for our work on funeral poverty which includes our support service Down to Earth. Anyone in the UK on a low income contact us for free advocacy and advice to arrange an affordable and meaningful goodbye.
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Our Fair Funerals campaign is working with policy makers, the funeral industry and the wider public to tackle the root of the problem. Over 300 funeral directors have signed our Fair Funerals pledge.