A person applying for this assistance must be in receipt of a social welfare payment. This financial assistance is means-tested and is payable at the discretion of the community welfare officer (CWO).
An application form may be obtained in the applicant's local health centre. The CWO will then consider the status and means of the applicant and the deceased. The funeral invoice must be in the name of the applicant and all relevant details provided. A cheque, if issued, will then be made payable directly to the funeral director.