Published 10th April 2018
The Prime Minister has announced a new Funeral Fund for grieving parents who have lost their child. Under the scheme, parents will no longer have to meet the costs of burials or cremations. Fees will be waived by all local authorities and met instead by Government funding.
The intervention brings England in line with Wales and follows a cross-party campaign by bereaved parents to remove fees for funerals for those under the age of 18.
Theresa May today praised the “dignity and strength” of Swansea East MP Carolyn Harris, who has been at the forefront of the cross-party Parliamentary campaign following the death of her eight-year-old son, Martin.
The intervention follows Government support for Kevin Hollinrake’s Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill for parents who lose a child under the age of 18.