Increase in burial costs behind surge in ‘pauper’s funerals’

These services – officially known as public health funerals – are council-funded services held when the deceased’s family either cannot be found or are unable to meet the burial costs. According to a report considered by the overview and scrutiny committee on Monday, Wealden District Council organised and paid for 16 such funerals last year. Council officer Catherine Beaumont said: “We certainly have noticed, over the last five or six years, a gradual increase in the number of these public…

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Daily Mirror highlights Funeral Poverty issues

The Daily Mirror has recently highlighted the growing issue of Funeral Poverty and how it can affect individuals. The article, published on the 10th July, highlights the issues that surround the death of a loved one and the problems it can leave bereaved families with the rising costs of funeral provision. Read the full article here Daily Mirror Article

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ICCM Public Health Act Funerals Policy Statement

Following recent media reports on provision of PHA funerals the ICCM has published a policy statement on their website outlining the duties of each local authority providing PHA Funerals. The statement calls for all local authorities with the statutory responsibility for providing a service to publish their policies on their website, setting out clear guidelines to the public and calling for the words "paupers" and "destitute" to be avoided due to their insensative nature. You can read the…

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Vicar calls for community to ‘come together’

New data has revealed that public health funerals have more than doubled in Barrow. Public Health Funerals - so-called paupers' funerals - doubled in number between the financial years 2016/17 and 2017/18, according to new statistics revealed through a freedom of information request. There were seven paupers' funerals in 2017/18, twice the number recorded in each of the three previous years (three). Of these seven funerals, five were paid for by the local authority, costing Barrow Borough…

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ITN highlight rise in “Paupers” Funerals

ITN highlighted the rise of funerals undertaken by Local Authorities and the difference in services provided by Authorities on their main news bulletins on Friday 15th June. Watch the report and read more about it on the ITV news website. ITV News Report

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Death in Data

A recent article on the BBC website highlighted an expected spike in deaths over the next few years, thus adding to pressure already placed on Local Authorities carrying out Public Health Act funerals. As life expectancies rise the amount of deaths naturally falls but those people will inevitably pass away at some stage leading to the expected increase. With the recent Royal London report highlighting the rise in provision of Public Health Act Funerals by Local Authorities it seems that there…

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Finding relatives

A recent post to the Funeral Service times has highlighted how Finder International undertakes work to try and ensure that a deceased person has their relatives attend their funeral. The article can be read on the Funeral Service Times website: Funeral Service Times Article

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Funeral prices and plans to be reviewed

UK funeral prices to be probed The BBC is reporting that there are to be two separate reviews carried out by the government into the price of funerals and concerns over pre-paid funeral plans. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is reviewing funeral costs, "to ensure that people are not getting a bad deal". The investigation will focus on funeral prices to ensure that the public are getting a fair deal. The article goes on to state that the average cost of a funeral in 2017 was £3,800.…

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The Rising Number of Public Health Funerals

Sometimes called ‘pauper’s funerals’, the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 places a statutory duty on councils and health boards to bury or cremate anyone who has died or been found dead in their local area if no other arrangements have been made or are being made otherwise. In recent years, the numbers of such funerals have soared because of rising funeral costs and the increase in the numbers of people dying alone. A Royal London report at the beginning of the year reported that…

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Costs Soar for Public Health Act Funerals

Sometimes referred to as ‘pauper’s funerals’, the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 confers a statutory duty on councils and health boards to “to cause to be buried or cremated the body of any person who has died or been found dead in their area, in any case where it appears to the authority that no suitable arrangements for the disposal of the body have been made or are being made otherwise”. In recent years, numbers of such funerals have soared thanks to rising funeral costs and the…

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