Funerals

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on funerals. 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. Related information can be found under burial and cremation and coroners.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
19.05.2015Key Issues for the 2015 Parliament
This book examines the key issues facing the House of Commons over the course of the 2015 Parliament - from the public finances to the UK's membership of the EU and from school places for children to climate change.
10.09.2014Arranging and paying for a funeral
Reasonable funeral expenses are payable out of the deceased's estate in priority to the payment of any unsecured debts or liabilities. Anyone who arranges the funeral will generally be responsible for paying the funeral directors, so it is important to establish where the money will come from, especially if there is insufficient property in the deceased's estate to pay for the funeral.
01.11.2013Social Fund Funeral Payments
Payments from the Social Fund can be made to claimants of means-tested benefits and tax credits to help meet the costs of a funeral. Payments are made from the regulated Social Fund and, as such, are not limited by budgetary constraints. Over 35,000 payments were made in Great Britain in 2012-13, at a total cost of 43 million. The average award in 2012-13 was 1,225.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
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

DateDescription
02.02.2011BARRY ALBIN-DYER OBE
That this House congratulates Barry Albin-Dyer OBE of Bermondsey on reaching his 60th birthday; pays tribute to him for his lifetime of service in countless ways to individuals, families ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses