Financial Support when you are near end of life or bereaved

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Benefits Advice

The Wiltshire Carers Pooled Budget funds to provide a benefit, debt and money management support and advice service to carers.

They offer holistic advice delivered by quality assured trained advisors.

Information is given on the law, rights and obligations and services available.

Clients are offered an initial assessment to explore their problems and find the best way of helping them.

Advice areas are:

  • Welfare benefits
  • Money and debt advice
  • Consumer issues
  • Family and personal matters
  • Employment Housing
  • Taxes
  • Immigration and nationality
  • Education Health Discrimination

You can contact Wiltshire Citizens Advice on 01249 454733 or via email

Carer Support Wiltshire:

Carer Support Wiltshire offer benefit awareness; managing money and paying for care training sessions.

Tel: 0800 181 4118 / 01380-871690

Dorothy House Welfare Rights Team:

Can look at maximising your income through benefits and grants and reducing expenditure which may involve debt advice and fuel tariffs, etc. This service is available to persons already involved with Dorothy House.

Tel: 01225 722988


Money Advice Service:

This is a Government service offering advice and guidance to improve your finances. Also offer tools and calculators to help you plan and support.

Tel: 0800 138 7777

Help paying for a funeral

If you are concerned that you are unable to meet the costs of the funeral, please discuss this with the funeral director when you first meet them and they will advise you.

If the person who died has not left enough money to cover the costs of the funeral and you receive any low income benefits, you may be entitled to receive help from the Department for Work and Pensions.

For further details you can contact Wiltshire's benefits service on or call 0300 456 0110.

Alternatively you can contact the national Bereavement Services Helpline

0345 606 0265


Bereavement Support

The new Bereavement Support Payment was announced on 12 January 2017. It will be introduced for those bereaved from 6 April 2017.

Bereavement Support Payment replaces Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance and Widowed Parent’s Allowance.

Create date: December 2016; Last updated March 2018