Chancellor told to bury the debt for grieving families

We're calling on the Chancellor Philip Hammond to #BurytheDebt for grieving families by raising the state funeral fund. The fund has shrunk and now covers less than half the cost of a basic funeral, pushing people into serious poverty and debt.

People's stories

We really closely with bereaved people who've struggled with funeral costs. They also tell their stories to politicians and on TV, radio and in newspapers, to spread the word and help others avoid the problems they faced.

What is funeral poverty?


Funeral poverty is where the price of a funeral is beyond a person’s ability to pay. It is a growing national crisis most affecting those on the lowest incomes. 

In 2020, the average cost of a funeral in the UK was £3,837. 

This is a substantial amount of money which many people do not have. Furthermore, if a person is not able to afford this cost, there are very few options available to them.

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