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31 May 2016
SG Questions re Funeral Poverty etc

Mark Griffin, Scottish Labour MSP for Central Scotland has tabled a series of written questions in the Scottish Parliament regarding Funeral Poverty and related topics:

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to introduce parity in the burial and cremation costs charged by local authorities.

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to introduce a licensing system for funeral directors.

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to ensure that social security funeral payments meet the actual cost of a funeral.

To ask the Scottish Government what monitoring arrangements are in place to track funeral poverty.

To ask the Scottish Government when it will hold the national funeral poverty conference that it announced on 3 February 2016.

To ask the Scottish Government how much the funeral payment would be if it had been uprated in line with the (a) retail and (b) consumer price index since 2003.

To ask the Scottish Government what estimate it has made of the average cost of a funeral.

To ask the Scottish Government what estimate it has made of the basic cost of a funeral.

To ask the Scottish Government what estimate it has made of the number of applicants expected for funeral payments in each of the next four years; what information it has on how many applications for funeral payments were made in Scotland in each of the last five years; what the estimated annual cost of these payments was, and what the average award was.

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to change the eligibility requirement for the funeral payment in the current parliamentary session.

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the adequacy of the funeral payment provision for funeral expenses.

To ask the Scottish Government whether the funeral payment in Scotland will be at the same level as that provided by the UK Government.

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to change the funeral payment in the next 12 months.

 

The expected answer date is shown as 9th June.

 

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