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The National Association of Funeral Directors responds to changes to Social Fund Funeral Payment
The National Association of Funeral Directors has responded to the Department of Work and Pension’s proposed changes to the Social Fund Funeral Payment expressing extreme disappointment that the Government’s proposals avoid tackling some of the benefit’s biggest failings – leaving bereaved families and funeral directors to continue picking up the pieces.
In response to a number of calls and queries, raised with the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD), asking if there is any connection between the ‘Funeral Director Show’ (promoted by Mulberry Publications) and the National Funeral Exhibition 2019, we can confirm there is no connection between the two shows.
The National Funeral Exhibition 2019, which will take place from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 June 2019, will showcase the latest, innovative products, inspiring thought leadership and business networking opportunities for the funeral profession. At National Funeral Exhibition 2019 you’ll find more than 200 exhibitors across a wide range of sectors, including vehicle fleets, coffins and caskets, professional equipment suppliers, printing and stationery companies, online memorial services, charities and a range of business advisory firms to support funeral directors with their business needs.
The latest in the NAFD’s series of essential skills training courses for members is a comprehensive first aid course.
The Association offers certificated First Aid Courses for the 3 day “First Aid at Work” qualification, the two day “First Aid at Work” re-qualification for those who already have the 3 year certificate and need to renew it, and the 1 day “Emergency First Aid at work” course. The options available for members are to have either a “Closed” course on their own premises for their own staff or to attend an “Open course” at various locations around the UK.
The 2017 NAFD Autumn Meeting, held at Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire, attracted one of the largest ever turnouts of members and included a keynote presentation from Funeral Planning Authority CEO Graeme McAusland, as well as a much-anticipated debate regarding the funeral plan market.
Making the keynote address, Graeme McAusland took NAFD members through a detailed overview of how the FPA works and is structured, and also offered further information on the recent change of structure from self-regulatory to Community Interest Company, with independent non-executive directors and a stakeholder group.
The NAFD is delighted to confirm that former head of the British Army and Durham University graduate, General Lord Richard Dannatt, will be keynote speaker at Conference 2018, which will be held in the stunning city of Durham, from 17-20 May 2018.
- BBC report shows many local authorities not meeting five-day target for registering a death
- NAFD’s view is that better coordination and overhaul of the death registration and certification process urgently needed
Evidence from members of the National Association of Funeral Directors, gathered over several years, shows significant increases in the length of time taken by local authorities in processing death registration and a lack of coordination between the various public agencies involved when a life ends. There is also a lack of information given to families about the process; a gap which the funeral profession often finds itself trying to fill.
- Report confirms funeral directors playing their part in addressing funeral cost concerns by restricting price increases
- However, burial and cremation fees rise above inflation once again
- Association argues it’s time for burial and cremation authorities to also act in the public interest by doing more to support grieving families
The National Association of Funeral Directors, whose members arrange 80% of the funerals taking place in the UK each year between them, has welcomed the 2017 National Funeral Cost Index report, by Royal London, and the evidence it provides of the hard work that funeral firms of all shapes and sizes are doing to support bereaved families. In particular, the NAFD welcomes confirmation that, after abstaining from price rises in 2016, funeral firms have pegged price rises at 2.1% this year – below the rate of inflation.
NAFD consultation responses highlights frailties and inadequacy of current benefit
Over the summer, the Government reported that £38.6 million was paid out in Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payments (FEP) in the year to July 2017, compared to £40 million in 2015-2016 and just over £44 million in both of the previous two years. In 2012-13, the figure paid out was £43.1 million.
The number of people applying for the benefit remains the same as last year: 45,000, but the number of successful applicants has fallen with only 27,000 people receiving a payment in the last twelve months, compared to 29,000 in 2015-16. The average amount paid out, however, has risen slightly, by £17.00, to £1,427, compared to £1,410 this time last year.
This means almost 20,000 bereaved people had their application for a Funeral Expenses Payment refused and faced the burden of paying for a funeral, that they had hoped to receive support from the Government for, after the funeral had taken place.
A skilled workforce is central to the success of any business. Having those skills widely-recognised can also be of benefit, helping to grow the business and building a strong, positive reputation. Achieving a professional qualification gives employees the confidence and credibility that they know what they can do, and how well they do it.
To the communities that members serve, investing in qualifications highlights that the business is investing in its staff, raising standards and ensuring that the service that offered is the best it can be. This helps provide a competitive advantage and a strong employer brand, which in turn is attractive when it comes to recruitment.
One of the most effective ways to help your staff become professionally qualified is by registering for an NAFD qualification.
Following success in re-establishing the Manchester & District Local Association, which is now an active and healthy group with a clear forward plan, NAFD second Vice President David Barrington represented the Association at the June meeting of the association, updating the group about the work of the NAFD’s National Executive committee.