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The Social Fund Maternity and Funeral Expenses (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

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Funeral payments: entitlement

7.—(1) In these Regulations—

(a)“funeral payment” means a social fund payment to meet funeral expenses of a deceased person;

(b)“responsible person” means the person who accepts responsibility for the funeral expenses.

(2) Subject to regulation 8, a funeral payment shall be made where each of the conditions referred to in paragraphs (3) to (9) is satisfied.

(3) The first condition is that, in respect of the date of the claim for a funeral payment, the responsible person or his partner is a person to whom paragraph (4) applies.

(4) This paragraph applies to a person—

(a)who has an award of—

(i)income support,

(ii)state pension credit,

(iii)income-based jobseeker’s allowance,

(iv)working tax credit where the disability element or the severe disability element of working tax credit as specified in regulation 20(1)(b) and (f) of the Working Tax Credit (Entitlement and Maximum Rate) Regulations 2002 is included in the award,

(v)child tax credit payable at a rate higher than the family element, or

(vi)housing benefit.

(5) The second condition is that the deceased was ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom at the date of his death.

(6) The third condition is that the claim is made within the prescribed time for claiming a funeral payment.

(7) The fourth condition is that the claimant is the responsible person or the partner of the responsible person.

(8) The fifth condition is that—

(a)the responsible person was the partner of the deceased at the date of death; or

(b)in a case where the deceased was a child and—

(i)there is no absent parent, or

(ii)there is an absent parent who, or whose partner, is a person to whom paragraph (4) applied as at the date of death,

the responsible person was the person, or the partner of the person, responsible for that child for the purposes of Part IX of the Act as at the date of death; or

(c)in a case where the deceased was a still-born child, the responsible person was a parent, or the partner of a parent, of that still-born child as at the date when the child was still-born; or

(d)in a case where the deceased had no partner and neither sub-paragraph (b) nor (c) applies, the responsible person was an immediate family member of the deceased and it is reasonable for the responsible person to accept responsibility for those expenses; or

(e)in a case where the deceased had no partner and none of sub-paragraphs (b), (c) and (d) apply, the responsible person was either—

(i)a close relative of the deceased, or

(ii)a close friend of the deceased,

and it is reasonable for the responsible person to accept responsibility for the funeral expenses.

(9) The sixth condition is that the funeral takes place—

(a)in a case where paragraph (10) applies, in a Member State of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway;

(b)in any other case, in the United Kingdom or, providing the deceased was normally resident in Northern Ireland, in the Republic of Ireland.

(10) This paragraph applies where the responsible person or his partner is—

(a)a worker for the purposes of Council Regulations (EEC) No. 1612/68(1) or (EEC) No. 1251/70(2);

(b)a member of the family of a worker for the purposes of Council Regulation (EEC) No. 1612/68;

(c)in the case of a worker who has died, a member of the family of that worker for the purposes of Council Regulation (EEC) No. 1251/70; or

(d)a person with a right to reside in the United Kingdom pursuant to Council Directive No. 68/360/EEC(3) or No. 73/148/EEC(4).

(1)

O.J. No. L257, 19.10.68, p. 2

(2)

O.J. No. L142, 1.7.70, p. 24

(3)

O.J. No. L257, 18.10.68, p. 13

(4)

O.J. No. L172, 28.6.73, p. 14

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