DWP to bring in electronic evidence submission for funeral payment claims

Written by Sam Trendall on 5 November 2017 in News
News

Government introduces various measures to make process simpler

The DWP has brought in a number of measures to improve the process of applying for funeral payments  Credit: John Stillwell/PA

The Department for Work and Pensions is to allow applicants for funeral payments to submit evidence for their claims electronically, as part of a package of measures to simplify and improve the process.

Funeral payments are available to qualifying recipients of certain benefits to help with funeral costs for relatives or close friends. In a bid to make the process of applying to receive the payments simpler and smoother, the government will, from next year, allow evidence related to the claims to be submitted electronically. The implementation of this, and other measures follows a government consultation period.


Related content


Minister for family support, housing, and child maintenance Caroline Dinenage said: “Losing a loved one is a sad and difficult time, and we want to make the process of claiming a funeral payment as simple as possible. I want to thank those who responded to our consultation, and I am pleased that we will be bringing in all its recommendations to make it easier for people to make a claim.”

Other measures being introduced include extending from three to six months the timeframe within which people can make a claim, allowing qualifying funeral payment recipients to receive additional, non-deductible contributions from individuals or charities, and shortening application forms for children’s funerals.

 

About the author

Sam Trendall is editor of PublicTechnology

Categories

Share this page

Tags

Categories

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM READERS

Please login to post a comment or register for a free account.

Related Articles

MHCLG digital chief: ‘I want us to be proud plumbers’
24 May 2018

Paul Maltby claims councils must first renew ageing infrastructure before realising the benefits of machine learning and automation 

NHS kicks off £4m digitisation of pension scheme
24 May 2018

Supplier sought for two-year project to provide health-service workers and employers with digital platform

The library where councils can borrow the building blocks of a ‘Lego’ government
18 May 2018

A number of large local authorities have already signed up to a new library for sharing service-design templates. PublicTechnology finds out more

The core mission of GDS is to help government work better for everyone
3 May 2018

Ahead of next week’s Sprint 18 event, GDS director general Kevin Cunnington outlines the organisation’s focus areas for the coming months, and its achievements of the past two years

Related Sponsored Articles

Building trust in the digital age
15 May 2018

BT argues that the digital age requires a certain level of trust in technology. But how can we establish this and still make the most of digital transformation?

GDPR compliance as a detox exercise
8 May 2018

BT's Mike Pannell argues that organisations should get rid of data they no longer need