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Public health funerals

When we can arrange a funeral

Where we are told when people have died with no next of kin or where there may not be enough funds to carry out a funeral service, we may be asked to arrange the funeral.

It is our duty, under the Public Health Control of Disease Act 1984 section 46(i), to arrange a burial or a cremation for a person who has died within our area where no suitable funeral arrangements have been, or are being, made.

We are then entitled to recover the funeral costs from the estate of the deceased, in the form of a civil debt recoverable within three years.

In cases where there are assets that exceed the cost of the funeral, and where there are no other bills outstanding, any money left will go to the Estates Group within the Bona Vacantia (small receipts) Division of the Treasury Solicitor, in accordance with the rules set down by the Secretary of State.

We will not become involved if any funeral arrangements have already been made or the funeral has already taken place. The council will not part-fund a funeral or contribute to the cost of a funeral which has already been organised by someone else.

Public Health Funeral Referrals (2014 - Present)

Name of Deceased 

Date of Death 

Outcome 

Next of Kin? 

Referral to Treasury Solicitor 

Andrzej Zielinski

13.12.2023

Cremation

Yes

No

Richard Eddy

02.12.2023

Buried

Yes

No

Melvyn Ashby

17.09.2023

Buried

Yes

No

John Salmon

31.08.2023

Referred to NOK

Yes

No

Terrance Bramley

14.08.2023

Cremation

Yes

No

Raymond Skinner

03.07.2023

Burial

Yes

No

Jeffrey Wattam 

12.02.2023 

Funeral plan in place 

Yes 

No 

Tony Wilkins 

31.01.2023 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Alan Brown 

19.02.2023 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Guy Anthony Bacon 

23.11.2022 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Antony Ernest Irving 

17.09.2022 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

George Gooding 

09.05.2022 

Cremation 

Yes 

No 

Richard “Alan” Angwin 

14.08.2022 

Passed to Executors 

No 

NA 

Donald Chalmers 

08.05.2022 

Passed to NOK 

Yes 

NA 

Noel McGrath 

23.01.2022 

Burial 

Yes 

No  

Keith Rooke 

20.02.2022 

Passed to NOK 

Yes 

No 

Diane Caroline Shaddick 

14.01.2022 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Eve White 

10.01.2022 

Cremation 

Yes 

No 

Boris Bujula 

17.11.2021 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Charles Gardner 

17.09.2021 

Referred 

Yes 

NA 

Steven Monroe 

16.03.2021 

Burial 

No  

No  

John Latham 

25.02.2021 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

David Reed 

22.02.2021 

Funeral Plan in Place 

No 

No 

Leslie Clements 

27.12.2020 

Burial 

No 

Yes 

Rodger Garrick-Steele 

10.12.2020 

Passed to NOK 

Yes 

NA 

Jennifer Alfreda Handscombe 

03.08.2020 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

David William Baker 

11.07.2020 

Passed to NOK 

Yes 

NA 

Michael Joseph Ohara 

17.06.2020 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Martin Brian Jones 

13.05.2020 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Basil Lestive Hannaway 

14.04.2020 

Burial 

None known 

Yes 

Anthony Hayter 

18.04.2020 

Cremation 

No 

No 

Lyllian Brown 

01.04.2020 

Cremation 

Yes 

No 

Terrence Cassidy 

06.04.2020 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Brenda Agar 

16.02.2020 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Edward Keel 

24.12.2019 

Cremation 

No 

No 

David Moist 

15.09.2019 

Burial 

No 

No 

Sandra Elizabeth Wyatt 

27.07.2019 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Peter John Beaumont 

11.07.2019 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Kevin Laughton 

19.05.2019 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Christopher Taylor 

19.07.2018 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Laurence Edward Warburton 

26.04.2019 

Next of kin now arranging funeral 

Yes 

No 

Ceiridwen Starshine Malins 

11.04.2019 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

David John Geddes 

05.04.2019 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Colin Jenner 

01.03.2019 

Burial 

Executor 

No 

David Glynn Johnn 

26.02.2019 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Marjorie Crocker 

31.12.2018 

Cremation 

No 

No 

David Anthony Davis 

25.12.2018 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Paul Alfred Griffiths 

20.09.2018 

Burial 

No 

No 

Andrew Thomas Barker 

19.05.2018 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Francis James Snook 

30.07.2018 

Burial 

No 

No 

Marjorie Joan Rose 

12.07.2018 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Valerie Barry 

02.07.2018 

Next of Kin now dealing with funeral 

Yes 

No 

David Kimberley 

20.04.2018 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

William John French 

10.04.2018 

Next of Kin now dealing with funeral 

Yes 

No 

David Julian Umney 

12.03.2018 

Next of Kin now dealing with funeral 

Yes 

No 

Joyce Gwendoline Andrews 

10.03.2018` 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Warren Roy Hoskin 

23.01.2018 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Margaret Walker 

18.01.2018 

Next of Kin now dealing with funeral 

Yes 

No 

Helen Wooldridge 

02.01.2018 

Next of Kin now dealing with funeral 

Yes 

No 

Leonard James Parsons 

08.01.2018 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

David Hogg 

22.12.2017 

Next of Kin now dealing with funeral 

 

Yes 

No 

Michael Rice 

22.12.2017 

Next of Kin now dealing with funeral 

Yes 

No 

Joyce L M Mitchell 

22.12.2017 

Burial 

No 

No 

Patricia Cassidy 

12.12.2017 

Cremation 

Yes 

No 

Karl Wills 

06.12.2017 

Next of Kin now dealing with funeral 

Yes 

No 

Roger William Bartlett 

20.11.2017 

Next of Kin now dealing with funeral 

Yes 

No 

Raymond Houghton 

04.11.2017 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Edward Clode 

18.08.2017 

Burial 

No 

No 

Arthur Abram 

30.07.2017 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Brian Ford 

29.06.2017 

Burial 

No 

No 

Terrence Williams 

18.06.2017 

Next of Kin now dealing with funeral 

Yes 

No 

Joan Harrison 

17.06.2017 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Hugh Frost 

08.06.2017 

Next of Kin now dealing with funeral 

Yes 

No 

Walter Ernest Coaker 

24.03.2017 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Rodney John Pring Tucker 

07.03.2017 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Aubery Malcolm Dowdeswell 

21.01.2017 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Alan White 

06.12.2016 

Cremation 

Executor 

No  

David Frank Knowles 

05.12.2016 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

David Hogg 

22.12.2016 

Next of Kin now dealing with funeral 

Yes 

No 

Derek James England 

30.08.2016 

Executor now dealing with funeral 

Yes 

No 

William Edward McAuley 

24.06.2016 

Next of Kin now dealing with funeral 

Yes 

No 

Wendy Jean Guest 

26.06.2016 

Executor now dealing with funeral 

Yes 

No 

Barbara Ellen May Geddes 

12.04.2016 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Peter Laurence Webber 

30.03.2016 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Vanessa Tornack 

14.03.2016 

Family friend dealing with funeral 

No 

No 

Dennis Benjamin Hughes 

02.01.2016 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Martin Trevor Payne  

19.11.2015 

Next of Kin now dealing with funeral 

Yes 

No 

Harry Hatch 

05.10.2015 

Burial 

No 

Yes 

Ronald Faulkner 

1.09.2015 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Norma Pilkenton 

10.08.2015 

Next of Kin now dealing with 

Yes 

No 

Jean Lochhead 

26.07.2015 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Geoffrey Balnaves 

28.04.2015 

Executor now dealing with 

Executor 

No 

Derek Mills 

17.02.2015 

Next of Kin now dealing with funeral 

Yes 

No 

Barbara Schneider 

06.01.2015 

Cremation 

Yes 

No 

Elizabeth Rose 

05.01.2015 

Cremation  

Yes 

No 

Catherine Davies 

03.01.2015 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Charles Edward Gray 

25.12.2014 

Family friend now dealing with Funeral 

No 

Yes 

Lysette Disler 

05.12.2014 

Next of Kin now dealing with funeral 

 

Yes 

No 

Simon John Barrs 

07.11.2014 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Tanya Caroline Little 

20.11.2014 

Next of Kin now dealing with funeral 

Yes 

No 

Shaun Anthony Maloney 

22.04.2014 

Cremation 

No 

No 

John Fulford 

26.04.2014 

Cremation 

No 

No 

Bernard Vincent Kilroy 

30.03.2014 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Edith Gallagher 

01.04.2014 

Burial 

No 

Yes 

When we will not get involved

We will not undertake funeral arrangements if the deceased died in hospital or in an ambulance on the way to hospital. Under these circumstances the hospital authorities will take responsibility.

We will not normally undertake funeral arrangements if the next of kin were in receipt of benefits, as the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will pay.

Getting help to pay for a funeral

Visit gov.uk or call 0800 731 0469.

 

 

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Last updated 29 April 2024