Funerals

Councils forced to ban funeral services due to coranavirus

06/04/2020

Three West Yorkshire Councils have been forced to suspend all new funeral services due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mass graves a possibility as councils struggle to cope with number of deaths

30/03/2020

Burial and cremation services could be overwhelmed within weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak, academics have warned.

Councils paying for more than 4,000 public funerals a year

08/01/2020

Councils are spending more than £6m a year on paying for public funerals, according to new research.

Council crematorium holds service with wrong body

16/12/2019

Coventry City Council has launched an investigation after a funeral service took place at a council-run crematorium with the wrong body.

Councils welcome increase in funeral expenses payments

06/11/2019

Councils leaders hope the increase in funeral expenses payments will help lower the number of public health funerals.

New fund to cover costs of children’s funerals

01/07/2019

Grieving families will no longer have to pay for their child’s burial or cremation under a new government scheme in England.

‘Pauper’s funerals’ cost councils £5.4m last year

09/01/2019

Local authorities spent nearly £5.4m on public health funerals in 2017/18, new research has revealed.

Burial fees for children are scrapped in England

03/04/2018

The prime minister has announced the launch of a fund to help parents who have lost a child meet the costs of the funeral.

Councils spend £4m on 'pauper's funerals' in 2015/16

17/01/2018

Local authorities spent £4m on public health funerals in 2015/16 - an increase of 36% over the past five years - new research has revealed.

Child burials fees to be scrapped in Wales

24/11/2017

Councils in Wales are to receive up to £1.5m in order to scrap burial and cremation fees for children.

Funeral debt at ‘all-time high’, research reveals

31/08/2017

Funeral debt has increased to an all-time high as funeral costs increase, research reveals.

New benefit launched in Scotland to cover cost of funerals

09/08/2017

A 10-point plan to help people struggling with funeral costs has been launched by Scotland's equalities secretary Angela Constance.

Bereaved families call for independent inquiry into baby ashes scandal

27/07/2017

Staff at Hull City Council failed to provide ashes for up to 57 families whose babies had been cremated, an internal investigation has concluded.

Paying for ‘paupers’ funerals’ in hard times

11/01/2017

William Eichler finds out why an heir hunting company is now offering councils help to cover the cost of paupers' funerals.

Labour: Autumn statement should include £10m for child funerals

24/10/2016

The Labour Party has asked the chancellor to allocate £10m in his Autumn Statement to help parents pay for the costs of child funerals.

Council chief releases report into baby ashes scandal

17/08/2016

The chief executive of Aberdeen City Council has vowed to implement a ‘culture change’ of management in the wake of the baby ashes scandal.

Council chief apologises after baby ashes report

29/06/2016

The chief executive of Aberdeen City Council has apologised unreservedly after a report heavily criticised how babies were cremated at local facilities.

Councils facing soaring cost of 'paupers' funerals'

30/11/2015

The cost to councils of a rising number of 'paupers' funerals' has shot up almost 30% in the past four years and now stands at a total of £1.7m, according to new research.

Bereaved face ‘postcode lottery’ over funeral costs

05/10/2015

Funeral costs have risen by 3.9% in the past year, with new analysis showing bereaved people are facing a ‘postcode lottery’ over fees.

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