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Consultation on Funeral Expense Assistance Regulations
The Scottish Government are currently consulting 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.
The purpose of this consultation is to gather views on the draft Funeral Expense Assistance regulations and identify any gaps, issues or unintended consequences. They are also asking questions on some specific points about the effects of these regulations. They would like to gather views from a range of organisations and individuals to ensure they have identified the best solution.
In addition to asking questions about the draft regulations they are also asking for views on the potential impacts of Funeral Expense Assistance on different groups and also on businesses.