Hopefully your loved ones won’t need to access your plan any time soon, and that many years will pass between before it needs to be used. A lot can change in the meantime, however, so it’s important that you know your money is being looked after responsibly.
Where does your money go?
All of the money you pay towards your funeral plan goes directly into the Trust for Age UK Funeral Plans. The money required for your funeral stays in the trust where it is carefully managed ensuring the services included in your plan can be provided at no additional cost to your loved ones.
Why a Trust Fund?
The Funeral Planning Authority is a professional body whose main responsibilities include consumer protection within the Funeral Planning sector. It requires that all registered providers place customer money into an independent Trust Fund or a whole-of-life insurance policy.
Your money is secured in an independent Trust Fund to guarantee the utmost protection.
Trust for Age UK Funeral Plans
The Trust for Age UK Funeral Plans is a totally independent Trust Fund, legally separate from Age Co, the trading name for Age UK Enterprises Limited and Dignity. It’s also not attached to any shareholders. This means that if anything were to happen to Age UK Enterprises Limited or Dignity, Age Co's funeral plan partner, your money would still be safe.
All payments are passed to the Royal Exchange Trust Company Limited, which acts as Custodian Trustee of the Trust for Age UK Funeral Plans. They oversee the Trust’s bank account.
The money for your funeral plan in the Trust Fund is ring-fenced and not accessible by Age Coor any Funeral Director until required. Likewise, the money is not lent to any organisation or individual, therefore Dignity never needs to rely on another party in order to meet the obligation to all Planholders.
The Trust Fund meets all of the requirements set by the Funeral Planning Authority to ensure Planholders’ protection. The Trust Fund is also actuarially valued and audited on an annual basis by some of the most reputable firms in the industry. There is a report produced on the fund annually, which is available to view on request. You can request a copy by getting in touch.
By following these processes, Dignity and Age Co aim to provide the utmost security and peace of mind for all Age Co Funeral Plan customers.