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Funeral costs investigation

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an in-depth market investigation into the funerals sector. Following publication of its interim report in November 2018, the CMA consulted on whether to progress to a market investigation. Having carefully considered...

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...

Parental Bereavement Pay and Leave Bill

Parental Bereavement Leave

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill has received Royal Assent and will pass into law. This is a great step forward for grieving parents, who from April 2020 will be entitled to two weeks’ paid leave on the...

Death certification reform

The Government has responded to the consultation and set out its intentions to reform death certification. The purpose of the reforms is to improve engagement with bereaved people in the process of death certification and offer them an opportunity to...

Death, Dying and Devolution

This policy brief reviews policy areas associated with death, dying and bereavement within the context of devolution. It focuses on the national and regional delegation of power, resources and authority across the UK and the implications of this for those...

Social Fund’s Funeral Expenses Payment Scheme Reforms

This consultation presents proposed reforms to the Funeral Expenses Payments scheme, and asks for feedback on the changes. The package of reforms is largely focused on clarifying issues around eligibility and making the process for claiming Funeral Expenses Payments...

Changes to Bereavement Payments

The scheme of payments for bereaved spouses and civil partners changed on 6 April 2017. For the first time, widowed people under 45 without children will receive support. However, the majority of those with children will be worse off,...