Date lodged: 15 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle funeral poverty.
Answered by: Angela Constance 27 September 2016
The Scottish Government commissioned an independent review of funeral poverty in October 2015 and this was published in February 2016. The Scottish Government response accepts almost all of the report’s recommendations and we have been pursuing a coordinated set of activity since then. For example:
During autumn 2016 we are undertaking a series of engagement events including three themed round table discussions and a national conference on funeral poverty to promote a debate and develop a shared understanding of the issues. This work will feed in to a funeral costs plan which identifies practical actions.
Developing and consulting on options for a Scottish Funeral Payment to produce a benefit which helps more people, is more predictable and provides help more quickly.
Considering whether a Scottish Funeral Bond could help people plan ahead for their funeral.