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Public Health Funerals

Requested on
Tue 23rd October, 2012
Reference
FOI 2409
Resolution
Information provided

Question

a) The number of funerals funded by the local authority within the past one year, because no friends or relatives of the deceased could be found who were able or willing to pay. I believe these are officially known as public health funerals.

b) The average cost of these funerals

c) A copy of any guidance or instructions used to determine the format of the funeral and what happens to the body. For example, whether the body is cremated or buried, whether a religious service is held, whether a tombstone is provided, and any other details you can provide about what happens at the funerals.

d) Name of deceased, date of death, whether the next of kin have been identified/traced, estimated estate value (did the deceased own his/her home, live in a council property, housing association or nursing home)

e) Have details been passed to any other public authority (please provide name of authority)

Answer

a) The number of funerals funded by the local authority within the past one year, because no friends or relatives of the deceased could be found who were able or willing to pay. I believe these are officially known as public health funerals.  3
 
b) The average cost of these funerals £1400.00
 
c) A copy of any guidance or instructions used to determine the format of the funeral and what happens to the body. For example, whether the body is cremated or buried, whether a religious service is held, whether a tombstone is provided, and any other details you can provide about what happens at the funerals.  The body will be cremated unless their religion or their will specifies otherwise.
The funeral is a basic service; a religious service is not usually held unless requested in their will.
If there is no one to claim the ashes, they are scattered on the gardens of remembrance at Loughborough crematorium.
No tombstones are provided.
The funeral director provides a car, bearers and a service if required; they also organise the cremation.
 
d) Name of deceased, date of death, whether the next of kin have been identified/traced, estimated estate value  (did the deceased own his/her home, live in a council property, housing association or nursing home) 
Name    DOD  NOK?    Council Housed?
Thomas Cameron Smith  25/8/2012 None identified by CBC Nursing Home
Stephen John Jackson  12/3/2012 None identified by CBC  Yes
Jane Shilcock   19/1/2012  None identified by CBC  Yes

CBC do not hold any information on the estimated value of these estates
 
e) Have details been passed to any other public authority (please provide name of authority) None

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