Date lodged: 26 May 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to change the funeral payment in the next 12 months.
Answered by: Angela Constance 14 June 2016
We want the powers to control the funeral payment as soon as practically possible, however timescales for delivering benefits in Scotland are yet to be formalised. There is much work to do to support our policy objectives on funeral poverty and the costs of a funeral and decisions about the detail of the replacement for the funeral payment can only be made in this wider context.
A stakeholder reference group has been set up to advise on work on funeral poverty and the development of the funeral payment. The funeral payment will form part of the wider consultation over the summer on devolved social security benefits, to gather views to inform decisions, including those around eligibility. We will also be taking forward the next steps in the delivery process, which will involve some of the financial, legal and practical considerations.