Bereavement benefits

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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on bereavement benefits. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

    Commons Briefing Papers

    23.09.2016Welfare savings 2010-11 to 2020-21
    The House of Commons Library Welfare Expenditure and Savings Tool combines multiple sources of expenditure and savings data into one easy to use, up-to-date analysis tool. Users can track changes in welfare expenditure over time, analyse savings as a proportion of expenditure and identify key policy measures by benefit announced since June 2010. Total spending on UK social security and tax credits will be 218.4 billion in 2016-17, 28.3% of total managed expenditure. Measures announced since 2010 will save around 26 billion in the same year, roughly 10% of what welfare spending might otherwise have been.
    12.09.2016Social Fund Funeral Payments
    This Commons Library briefing looks at Social Fund Funeral Payments scheme, under which claimants of means-tested benefits and tax credits may get help with funeral costs. The adequacy of payments has long been a source of complaint. The complex eligibility criteria have also been criticised for creating confusion, frustration and further emotional distress.
    27.11.20152016 Benefits Uprating
    This note sets out the main benefit and tax credit rates for the 2016-17 financial year.
    18.03.2014Pensions Bill 2013-14 - House of Lords stages
    Covers debates on the Pensions Bill in the House of Lords
    27.11.2013Pensions Bill 2013-14 - House of Commons stages
    Looks at provisions in the Pensions Bill 2013/14 and will follow its progress through Parliament.
    30.08.2013Bereavement benefits
    Information on the current system of bereavement benefits (Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance and Widowed Parent's Allowance) and on the Government's proposals for a new Bereavement Support Payment.
    19.02.1999Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill (Bill 44 of 1998/99)
    Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill (Bill 44 of 1998/99). House of Commons Library Research Paper 99/19.
    23.11.1998Widows benefits
    Widows benefits (revised edition). House of Commons Library Research Paper 98/100.

    Lords Library Notes

    26.11.2013Pensions Bill (HL Bill 55 of 2013-14)
    This Note provides background reading on the Pensions Bill, which is due to have its second reading in the House of Lords on 3 December 2013.


    08.10.2014Palliative and End of Life Care
    This POSTnote provides an overview of palliative care and its key components, approaches to managing and standardising care and key challenges to providing high quality care.

    Early Day Motions

    06.12.2010FUNERAL PAYMENTS
    That this House notes thata person applying for a funeral payment must enter the name of a funeral director on the SF200 form; further notes that a funeral director will not accept ...
    That this House recognises that bereavement benefits are paid to those who are obliged to cope with singular difficulties at an emotional time; notes that receipt of such benefits can ...


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