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The Problem Facing Councils

The Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 states that if no suitable arrangements have been made, then it is the duty of the authority to bury or cremate the body of a person that passes away in their area. The problem facing councils is that the price of conducting a basic funeral has skyrocketed in recent years.
According to research by the International Longevity Centre (ILC), the cost of a simple funeral rose 80% between 2004 and 2014 (rising from £1,920 to £3,590). The ILC have also predicted that the cost of a simple funeral could rise to £7,000 by 2020.

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2014

2020

£1920
£3590
£7000
Figures based on a report by the International Longevity Centre UK. The graph shows the cost of an average funeral in the UK during different years. To read more click here
Another factor to consider is the UKs increasingly ageing population. For a long time there has been a downward trend in the number of UK deaths. However, this trend has been reversing and is set for a stark rise in the years to come.
Since 2011 the office for National Statistics reported an increase in death by 10.1%. 2017 saw the highest number of UK deaths since 2003 (rising to 533,253). Some believe that the UK death rate may jump a further 20 per cent in the next 20 years.
UK DEATHS IN 2011484,367
UK DEATHS IN 2013506,790
UK DEATHS IN 2015529,655
UK DEATHS IN 2017533,253
Figures based on report by the Office for National Statistics. The graph shows the number of deaths in the UK during different years. To read more click here
In summary, Public Welfare Funerals are currently costing councils across the UK nearly 2 million pounds annually. The onset of increasing public funeral costs and frequency threatens to drive this figure up consideraby. This will place additional demands on councils that are already stretched in terms of financial and human resources.

How We Can Help You

When someone passes away without suitable arrangements in place, it isn’t just the funeral that councils are left to fund and arrange. Many councils also take on the arduous task of tracing the next of kin. Without specialist software and training this can often be a fruitless, frustrating and time consuming task. However, this need not be the case.
Nowhere under The Public Health (Control of Disease) Act does it state anything about the obligations of a local authority to trace a deceased’s next of kin. However, many councils are unaware of this and unfortunately end up wasting precious time and resources.
We can provide a solution to these problems and handle the entire process for you. We’ve already helped councils across the UK save thousands of pounds and we’re confident that we can do the same for you. The best thing about our service is that it’s completely free!

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If it’s a case that we are able to assist you with we will pay for the entire funeral service. We will also trace beneficiaries, change property locks, deal with the deceased’s belongings and see to it that all of the finer details are taken care of.
If you would like to join a number of other public sector members around the UK and take advantage of our free services, please contact us now.

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