Funeral Poverty and Funeral Support Payment Reference Group


The Funeral Poverty and Funeral Support Payment Reference Group was set up to support Scottish Ministers in developing policy for a new funeral payment. Funeral Support Payment has now launched.

The group advises on:

  • the evidence base to support policy decisions
  • the evaluation of policy
  • the perspective of users
  • the wider landscape of funeral and bereavement issues in Scotland
  • interaction with wider Scottish and UK social security benefits

The group first met in March 2016.


  • Bryan Kerr, Church of Scotland
  • Caroline Clark, Scottish Older People‚Äôs Assembly (SOPA)
  • Caroline Pretty, Lothian NHS
  • David Hilferty, Money Advice Scotland
  • Debbie Horne, Citizens Advice Scotland
  • Eileen Cawley, Scottish Pensioners Forum
  • Gerry Boyle, Dignity
  • Heather Smith, Age Scotland
  • Jane Matheson, Scottish Working Group on Funeral Poverty
  • Joseph Murren, Society Of Allied And Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF)
  • John Birrell, Bereavement Consultant
  • Julie Dunk, Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM)
  • Keith Robertson, Cruse Bereavement Care
  • Lindesay Mace, Quaker Social Action, Down to Earth
  • Lindsay Taylor, Interfaith Scotland
  • Mark Willis, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)
  • Natalie McQuade, Association of British Credit Unions Ltd (ABCUL)
  • Nick Britten, National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD)
  • Omer Afzal, Muslim Council of Scotland
  • Richard Meade, Marie Curie
  • John Cunningham, COSLA
  • Debbie Horne, COSLA
  • Aoife Deery, COSLA
  • Simon Cox, Funeral Solution Expert 






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