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Supporting grieving families through a bereavement standard

EDM (Early Day Motion) 818: tabled on 01 September 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 50 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House calls on the Government to introduce a Bereavement Standard to simplify and streamline the process for grieving families to close accounts with service providers following the death of a loved one; believes the lack of such a standard has created a complex array of arrangements with each service provider requiring different levels of information to close accounts; notes that it can often take weeks, months, and in the worst cases years to close down accounts prolonging the pain and suffering for a family in mourning; further notes that the four simple campaign aims would support families as well as streamlining the process and providing a level playing field for business by introducing standardised paperwork to close an account, accepting digital death certificates, wills and proof of beneficiary status where possible, dedicated bereavement customer care channels (email, chat, webforms) to avoid long call waiting times, an agreed timeframe for companies to respond and settle accounts, and agreed bereavement customer service behaviours supported by adequate training; and urges the Government to work immediately with industry to introduce a Bereavement Standard to support grieving families, many of whom have been impacted recently by COVID-19, through one of the most difficult times in their lives.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 1 September 2020
Ealing, Southall
Spellar, John
Labour
Signed on 1 September 2020
Warley
Brennan, Kevin
Labour
Signed on 1 September 2020
Cardiff West
Yasin, Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 1 September 2020
Bedford
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 2 September 2020
Liverpool, Wavertree
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 2 September 2020
Strangford
Osborne, Kate
Labour
Signed on 2 September 2020
Jarrow
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 2 September 2020
Rochdale
Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 2 September 2020
Birkenhead
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 September 2020
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 September 2020
Glasgow South West
MacAskill, Kenny
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 September 2020
East Lothian
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 2 September 2020
Ceredigion
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 September 2020
Bath
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 September 2020
Edinburgh West
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
Signed on 3 September 2020
Streatham
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 September 2020
Ochil and South Perthshire
Carmichael, Mr Alistair
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 September 2020
Orkney and Shetland
Cooper, Daisy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 September 2020
St Albans
Hill, Mike
Labour
Signed on 3 September 2020
Hartlepool
Moran, Layla
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 September 2020
Oxford West and Abingdon
Olney, Sarah
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 September 2020
Richmond Park
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 7 September 2020
Brighton, Pavilion
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 September 2020
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Lewell-Buck, Mrs Emma
Labour
Signed on 7 September 2020
South Shields
Trickett, Jon
Labour
Signed on 7 September 2020
Hemsworth
Davey, Sir Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 September 2020
Kingston and Surbiton
Winter, Beth
Labour
Signed on 7 September 2020
Cynon Valley
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 September 2020
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Wilson, Munira
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 September 2020
Twickenham
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 September 2020
Edinburgh East
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 September 2020
Edinburgh North and Leith
Eastwood, Colum
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 8 September 2020
Foyle
Burgon, Richard
Labour
Signed on 9 September 2020
Leeds East
Girvan, Paul
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 9 September 2020
South Antrim
Slaughter, Andy
Labour
Signed on 9 September 2020
Hammersmith
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 9 September 2020
East Antrim
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 September 2020
Motherwell and Wishaw
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 14 September 2020
Arfon
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 14 September 2020
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 16 September 2020
Hayes and Harlington
Hendrick, Sir Mark
Labour
Signed on 23 September 2020
Preston
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 30 September 2020
Worthing West
Penning, Sir Mike
Conservative
Signed on 2 October 2020
Hemel Hempstead

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.