Responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement of a new Funeral Support Payment, Derek Mitchell, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Scotland, said:
“Citizens Advice Scotland welcomes the launch of the Funeral Support Payment, replacing Funeral Expenses Allowance. We made the case for the payment to be increased so it keeps pace with the cost of living, and also for widening eligibility so more people can claim it, and we are delighted the Scottish government listened.
“A funeral can put massive pressure on peoples’ finances, heaping stress on grieving families. This payment in delivering support to families during that period, delivering some security and peace of mind, will be invaluable.”