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02 May 2016
Funeral Poverty in Party Manifestos


As we approach the Scottish PArliamentary elections, three of the main parties have mentioned funerals or the cost of funerals in their manifestos.

Lib Dems said:

“We will establish an expert group to assess if the present system of funeral payments works to provide assurance and dignity to all, and recommend appropriate changes.”

SNP said:

“We will publish a Funeral Costs plan to tackle issues relating to the affordability of funerals – this will include the introduction of a funeral bond to help people save for funerals. We will also use our new powers over Funeral Payments to reach more of those in need, and we will bring together funeral directors, councils and stakeholders to examine ways of reducing funeral costs and encouraging people to better plan for their funeral.

“We will encourage and support third sector organisations, social enterprises, and credit unions to enter the market place to fill gaps in the provision of services or to offer alternatives to current providers that are not offering services people can access easily or affordably. This includes energy, banking, payday loans, debt management, and funeral planning.

“We’ll introduce a Scottish Social Security Bill within the first year of the new parliament to take forward our early priorities for using the social security powers that are to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

“We will ensure everyone who needs it will have access to palliative care by the end of the Parliament. A newly appointed national co-ordinator will review and advise on steps to improve childhood bereavement services. We will also ensure that public funding for hospices for children have parity with public funding for adult hospices.”


Labour said:

“Victims of crime deserve compassion and support, so we will review and reform the

Victim Information and Advice service. Losing a family member as a result of a criminal act must be among the most traumatic things that can happen to anyone. In those tragic circumstances we will support people far more than we do now, providing upfront help with funeral arrangements and costs. We will extend the provision of psychological support to victims of crime.”

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