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Work and Pensions Committee
The deadline for written submissions was Friday 17 May. However, the Committee is still accepting written submissions.
This follow-up inquiry comes two years on from the implementation of Bereavement Support Payment. It will look at how the new benefit it is working in practice, and press the Government on its progress in responding to the 2018 Supreme Court ruling, which found that the restriction of Widowed Parents Allowance to only those parents who were married to their partner is incompatible with human rights law.
In light of the CMA investigation into the funeral market, and the Treasury’s recent consultation on whether the pre-paid funeral market should be regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Committee will also be looking at what progress has been made on its previous recommendations to tackle funeral affordability.
Three years ago the Committee reported on the “opaque, outdated” and inadequate state support for the bereaved. The Committee had particular concerns about the operation of the funeral industry—based on which the Competition Markets Authority has since opened an investigation. The Committee was also deeply worried about what the Chair described as the “profound injustice” that sees bereaved, unmarried parents denied support for their children that is granted to a parent that has lost their spouse.
The Committee would like to hear your views on the following questions. You can respond as an individual, a group or an organisation. You can answer any or all of the questions – please submit your evidence here by Friday 17 May.
Evidence given by Will Quince MP, Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance, Department for Work and Pensions, Helen Walker, Deputy Director, Children, Families and Disadvantage, Department for Work and Pensions
There are currently no public meetings scheduled.
Work and Pensions Committee hears from major funeral directors’ groups