This is a consultation on the draft regulations to implement Funeral Expense Assistance (FEA) which will replace the current UK Government Funeral Expenses Payment (more commonly known as the Funeral Payment) in Scotland by summer 2019.
Funeral Expense Assistance will provide a one off payment to support people on low income benefits who need to pay for a funeral. This is intended to reduce the burden of debt they may face and so help to tackle funeral poverty.
We want to gather views on the draft Funeral Expense Assistance regulations and identify any gaps, issues or unintended consequences. We are also asking questions on some specific points about the effects of these regulations. We would like to gather views from a range of organisations and individuals to ensure we have identified the best solution.
In addition to asking questions about the draft regulations we are also asking for views on the potential impacts of Funeral Expense Assistance on different groups and also on businesses.