A PAYMENT for those struggling to meet funeral costs after the death of a loved one is to be increased.

The sum offered to people on low income to cover funeral director fees, a coffin, and flowers will rise from £700 to £1,000 for all applications from April 1.

The Funeral Support Payment was introduced by the Scottish Government in September, replacing the UK Government’s Funeral Expense Payment in Scotland.

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Jamie Stewart, Citizens Advice Scotland, said: “We have fought a long campaign on this issue and have been calling for better support for people who are struggling to afford a decent funeral for their loved one. We are pleased the government has listened to our campaign. Bereavement is an incredibly difficult time for anyone.”