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Social Fund Funeral Payments to increase from April

Following years of campaigning from the Funeral Poverty Alliance and many others, the government has increased the Social Fund ‘other funeral expenses’ payment from £700 to £1,000 from April 2020. This payment, made to those on a low income...

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Funeral costs investigation extended

The current stage of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in-depth market investigation into the funerals sector has been extended for six months as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Following publication of its interim report in November 2018,...

NHS Long Term Plan

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out a range of ambitions for the NHS over the next ten years. It has been followed up with other key NHS documents such as the new GP contract, and guidance on social...

New powers to investigate stillbirths

Over the years there have been calls from bereaved parents, charities and others for a more transparent and independent process for determining the causes of, and learning from, stillbirths. The government has now launched a consultation on proposals to...

Dying Matters Week

This year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week runs 13-18 May 2019 with the theme Are We Ready? Bereavement care organisations can get involved through planning events, raising awareness and helping people to consider these questions and more… Are we ready...

A Connected Society

The government’s Loneliness Strategy is published today. The strategy highlights bereavement as a trigger for feelings of loneliness. As part of the strategy, the Prime Minister confirmed all GPs in England will be able to refer patients experiencing loneliness to...