§ Mr. Frank Field
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what percentage amount of an average funeral cost is covered by the death grant.
§ Dr. Boyson
The average cost of funerals varies widely depending upon the locality and services provided. The best estimate I have is that the average cost of a simple funeral lies between £350 and £600. The standard rate death grant of £30 thus represents between about 5 per cent. and 8½ per cent. of the average cost.