Theresa May announces date for scheme that supports grieving parents by funding their child’s funeral costs


GRIEVING parents who cannot afford burial fees will no longer have to give their kids a pauper’s funeral, the PM yesterday announced.

After almost a year’s delay, Theresa May said a Government fund to waive the costs of burying or cremating a child will finally come into force in the summer.

Theresa May child funeral scheme

Theresa May announced a Government scheme to cover the costs of funerals for children will come into force this summer[/caption]

She had come under mounting pressure to set a date for the scheme to come into force after originally announcing it last April.

It came after a campaign by Labour MP Carolyn Harris, who had to take out a bank loan to pay for the funeral of her eight year-old son, who died in a car accident.

The PM told the Commons it is not right that grieving parents has to worry about how they would find the cash to give their child a proper send-off.

Ms Harris, MP for Swansea East, said: “Whilst I welcome the fact that we finally have some clarity on timings for the implementation of the fund, it is somewhat disappointing that we could still be waiting a further four to five months for something that was promised almost 11 months ago.”

An estimated 4,350 children die under the age of 18 each year.

Under the scheme, councils will waive the fees and instead the Government will pick up the bill.

Labour MP Carolyn Harris bank loan for sons funeral
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Labour MP Carolyn Harris had to take out a bank loan to pay for her eight-year-old son’s funeral in 1989[/caption]


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