Call for greater support for Funeral Hardship payments
Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh MLA Mickey Brady has supported a call from Institute of Funeral Directors to change the grant system to help those financially disadvantaged to pay for funerals.
Mr Brady said:
"Families on low incomes are not getting sufficient help to cover funeral costs. This is causing untold hardship at a traumatic time for the families involved.
"Over the years the changes that have introduced have driven up the costs of a funeral and the grants available have not kept pace with these changes. This means that had low-income families are less and less able to meet the costs. We need to get back to a realistic approach to the provision of such funding." ENDS