The Saskatchewan government has relented on a plan that would have seen people on social assistance lose nearly half of the benefits provided to cover funeral costs at a savings to the province of about $1 million per year.

Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan Party government said in its March budget that it would cut funeral benefits for the poor from up to $3,850 to $2,100. The province would continue to cover basic preparation of the body, transfers, a standard casket or urn and regulatory fees, but would no longer cover the cost of things like viewings and funeral services, as of July 1.